Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Mueller team releases court document on Michael Flynn's co-operation

Mueller team releases court document on Michael Flynn's co-operation

Robert Mueller is expected to disclose on Tuesday how Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has been assisting his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"The memorandum states that the defendant, Michael T. Flynn provided 'substantial assistance to the government", and the Mueller team has recommended a sentence "at the low end of the guideline range-including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration-is appropriate and warranted".

Flynn has been working with Mueller's team since last December, after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump said a year ago that Flynn was a "fine man", but he had to dismiss his national security adviser 21 days into the new administration because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador in Washington during the transition.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12 after pleading guilty on Thursday to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations, and lying to the US Congress.

The national security experts at Lawfare wrote, moreover, that the public might also learn more "in the context of that briefing about the relationship Manafort appears to have maintained, through counsel, with the White House after his plea and cooperation agreement".

President Trump declared his former longtime attorney Michael Cohen should serve a "full and complete sentence", after Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress over a project the Trump Organization was considering building in Moscow.

Under a plea bargain deal, Flynn admitted in a Washington court that he lied when asked by FBI investigators about conversations with Kislyak just weeks before Trump took office.

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Mr Flynn had been a fervent supporter of Mr Trump during the election campaign.

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman. He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

FILE - Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak arrives at the State Department in Washington, July 17, 2017.

Since the plea deal, Trump has also attacked Cohen as "weak" and a liar.

Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian Federation. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russian Federation to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected.

Flynn made the request after discussing it with deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and being told that Trump's transition team did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation. The White House has said Flynn misled officials - including Vice President Mike Pence - about the content of his conversations. "It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful", Trump tweeted after Flynn pleaded guilty a year ago.

Flynn also admitted to making false statements about his work as an unregistered foreign agent to benefit the Turkish government.

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