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Washington - Mueller Recommends No Prison For Flynn Citing Substantial Assistance In Russia Probe

Published on: December 4, 2018 09:46 PM
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 Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, walks into the Federal courthouse in Washington, DC, USA, 10 July 2018. EPA Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, walks into the Federal courthouse in Washington, DC, USA, 10 July 2018. EPA

Washington - President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation as “substantial.”

The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn’s assistance in the Russia investigation, including that he participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors and cooperated extensively in a separate and undisclosed criminal probe.

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It was filed two weeks ahead of Flynn’s sentencing and just over a year after he became the first of five Trump associates to accept responsibility by pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Though prosecutors withheld specific details of Flynn’s cooperation because of ongoing investigations, their filing nonetheless underscores the breadth of information Mueller has obtained from people close to Trump as the president increasingly vents his anger at the probe — and those who cooperate with it.

This week, Trump lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up “stories” to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress. Trump also praised longtime confidante Roger Stone for saying he would “never testify against Trump,” adding in his tweet, “Nice to know some people still have ‘guts!’”

It’s unclear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, whom Trump grew close to during the 2016 campaign and who has drawn the president’s sympathy since he came under investigation.

Trump has repeatedly lamented how Flynn’s life has been destroyed by the special counsel’s probe. At one point, he tried to protect Flynn by asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his alleged false statements, according to a memo Comey wrote after the February 2017 encounter.

That episode, which Trump has denied, is among those under scrutiny by Mueller as he probes whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russia investigation.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend between zero and six months in prison for Flynn, leaving open the possibility of probation.

Mueller’s office said Flynn’s cooperation merits a sentence at the bottom end of that range. But prosecutors also say the long military and government service that sets him apart from all other defendants in the investigation makes his deception even more troublesome.

“Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards,” they wrote. “The defendant’s extensive government service should have made him particularly aware of the harm caused by providing false information to the government, as well as the rules governing work performed on behalf of a foreign government.”

Flynn’s case has stood apart from those of other Trump associates, who have aggressively criticized the investigation, sought to undermine it and, in some cases, been accused of lying even after agreeing to cooperate.

Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, stands accused of repeatedly lying to investigators since his guilty plea last September. Another Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, is serving a 14-day prison sentence and, though he pleaded guilty to the same crime as Flynn, was denied probation because prosecutors said his cooperation is lacking.

But Flynn has largely remained out of the public eye, appearing only a handful of times in media interviews or campaign events, and dutifully avoided criticizing the Mueller probe despite widespread encouragement from his supporters to go on the offensive. He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

Flynn’s false statements stemmed from a Jan. 24, 2017, interview with the FBI about his and others’ interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s then-ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama administration was levying sanctions on the Kremlin in response to election interference.

In Tuesday’s filing, Mueller’s office blamed Flynn for other senior Trump transition officials making misleading public statements about his contacts with Russia, an assertion that matches the White House’s explanation of Flynn’s firing.

“Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions,” the filing said.

As part of his plea deal, Flynn said members of Trump’s inner circle, including his son-in-law and White House aide Jared Kushner, were involved in — and at times directing — his actions in the weeks before Trump took office.

According to court papers, in mid-December 2016, Kushner directed Flynn to reach out to several countries, including Russia, about a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russia to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected.

Flynn also admitted that later in December 2016 he asked Kislyak not to retaliate in response to the Obama administration sanctions, something he initially told FBI agents he didn’t do. 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 Russia to escalate the situation.

Flynn was forced to resign his post on Feb. 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn’s false statements. The White House has said Flynn misled officials— including Vice President Mike Pence — about the content of his conversations.

Flynn also admitted to making false statements about unregistered foreign agent work he performed for the benefit of the Turkish government. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for the work when he became national security adviser.



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 Dec 04, 2018 at 10:24 PM Poor hashomer-yoni Says:

Once again, the hopes of the hateful snowflakes are being shot down. Lol. Trump reigns!!!!

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 07:39 AM Educated Archy Says:

No valuable information and nothing wrong with asking Russia to help with not denouncing Israel . I'd think we want that

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 08:00 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
Poor hashomer-yoni Says:

Once again, the hopes of the hateful snowflakes are being shot down. Lol. Trump reigns!!!!

You must be lacking reading comprehension skills. Try reading the article again.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 08:21 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
Poor hashomer-yoni Says:

Once again, the hopes of the hateful snowflakes are being shot down. Lol. Trump reigns!!!!

Allow me to correct your little typo:

TRUMP RESIGN!!!

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 08:56 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

No valuable information and nothing wrong with asking Russia to help with not denouncing Israel . I'd think we want that

Omg. You are illiterate.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 08:59 AM yaakov doe Says:

It's clear that Flynn provided valuable verifiable information to the Mueller team. With so much redacted on the document asking for no jail time neither we nor Trump don't know what he provided.
I'm certain that Trump is worried.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 09:26 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
Poor hashomer-yoni Says:

Once again, the hopes of the hateful snowflakes are being shot down. Lol. Trump reigns!!!!

Monarchs reign. Presidents preside.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 09:50 AM Phineas Says:

This is not going to be an impeachment issue. This is more relevant to Trump Jr., Kushner and perhaps Manafort.

This is going to be painful in ways that can't be predicted. Personally, I think Trump Jr. Needs a pass. He was in over his head.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:12 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #6  
yaakov doe Says:

It's clear that Flynn provided valuable verifiable information to the Mueller team. With so much redacted on the document asking for no jail time neither we nor Trump don't know what he provided.
I'm certain that Trump is worried.

Glad you are so certain.

Keep on dreaming. they won't get trump . And no yoni Trump ain't resigning. TrumpISprez4-8

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Donald must have had a sleepless night worrying about how much Mueller knows.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:29 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #6  
yaakov doe Says:

It's clear that Flynn provided valuable verifiable information to the Mueller team. With so much redacted on the document asking for no jail time neither we nor Trump don't know what he provided.
I'm certain that Trump is worried.

I'm not certain he's that intelligent.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:45 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #9  
Educated Archy Says:

Glad you are so certain.

Keep on dreaming. they won't get trump . And no yoni Trump ain't resigning. TrumpISprez4-8

That's true. But a lot of people will go to jail for enabling Russian interference which was the job Mueller was given.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Educated Archy Says:

Glad you are so certain.

Keep on dreaming. they won't get trump . And no yoni Trump ain't resigning. TrumpISprez4-8

" 4-8 " The longer he stays the more damage to Israel. "Nothing wrong with asking Russia" could soon become "Nothing wrong with asking and cooperating with Iran "when the next POTUS will be a progressive Democrat. Obamas Iran Deal could easily turn to a Trump like Saudi deal where business is business . Thanks to Trump we already have Palestinians in Congress. It didn't happen under Obama. Remember after Nixon we got Jimmy Carter. The longer Trump is POTUS the higher chances of a Reverend Al. Sharpton or similar widely respected Democrat will be the next POTUS.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Educated Archy Says:

Glad you are so certain.

Keep on dreaming. they won't get trump . And no yoni Trump ain't resigning. TrumpISprez4-8

Under Trumps Presidency most Americans wish for the days of Bush.(The Democrats hated him, that's how we got Obama elected) I am afraid the Democrat who comes after Trump will make the biggest Obama hater here wish for Obama.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 11:10 AM shimonyehuda Says:

For Trump Jr. everything after elementary school was over his head. He does not get a pass. If he did the crime he must do the time.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 11:40 AM Eduacted Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
qazxc Says:

Monarchs reign. Presidents preside.

Oy Trump is monarch , a dictator and authoritarian. You know what you sound like?

Bbbut Benghazi

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 12:18 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #15  
shimonyehuda Says:

For Trump Jr. everything after elementary school was over his head. He does not get a pass. If he did the crime he must do the time.

Educated Donnie? Has a Vinmiliar ring to it.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 12:42 PM hashomer Says:

In Like Flynn is OUT. He's helping with two other INVESTIGATIONS. Coi'hen GUILTY and TALKING. Manafart NEXT. Trumpf IMPEACHMENT STARTS JAN 1. going, going, GONE.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 01:29 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

No valuable information and nothing wrong with asking Russia to help with not denouncing Israel . I'd think we want that

Muellers public praise of Flynn certainly points to there bring "...many more shoes to drop..." in the probe of Russian election interference.

"Mueller still has many more revelations to drop, and they're going to land hard." Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig

"...the memo itself is kind of a dud...but only because all the good stuff is redacted." Former Whitewater investigator and white-collar attorney Sol Wisenberg.

"No valuable information..." Archy

Got love ole Uneducated...he has yet to meet either fact or argument that can dent his adoration for his Fuhrer.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:33 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #12  
Phineas Says:

That's true. But a lot of people will go to jail for enabling Russian interference which was the job Mueller was given.

Nope no they won't. Because russian interference is not illegal mr so called "lawyer". They may go to jail for financial stuff , obstruction, lying but not for the fake collusion crime. Those other stuff are all gottcha stuff and fake charges.

And lets face it, Mueller was hired to get Trump out of office. Don't kid yourself. they want the big prize. They don't really care if manafort , Stone ,cohen etc... all get locked up. They want Donald. They maybe somewhat satisfied with Kushner and JR because its a way to stick it to the president. But they want Donald.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:39 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

" 4-8 " The longer he stays the more damage to Israel. "Nothing wrong with asking Russia" could soon become "Nothing wrong with asking and cooperating with Iran "when the next POTUS will be a progressive Democrat. Obamas Iran Deal could easily turn to a Trump like Saudi deal where business is business . Thanks to Trump we already have Palestinians in Congress. It didn't happen under Obama. Remember after Nixon we got Jimmy Carter. The longer Trump is POTUS the higher chances of a Reverend Al. Sharpton or similar widely respected Democrat will be the next POTUS.

Its trump's fault that we have a Palestinian in office? What a weird kruma way of thinking.

Russia is our ally. Iran is our enemy. We won't have a presdient cooperating with Iran. I am not worried.

Besides when Clinton mished arin in Israel and knocked Bibi out of office , where you worried about that too?

Nixon resigned and brought shame. trump won't resign. Plus we need to vote for the best leader now. We can't worry that maybe he will be too good to the jews and cause a backlash the other way

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:40 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Under Trumps Presidency most Americans wish for the days of Bush.(The Democrats hated him, that's how we got Obama elected) I am afraid the Democrat who comes after Trump will make the biggest Obama hater here wish for Obama.

Don't worry it will be fine.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:42 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Under Trumps Presidency most Americans wish for the days of Bush.(The Democrats hated him, that's how we got Obama elected) I am afraid the Democrat who comes after Trump will make the biggest Obama hater here wish for Obama.

FYI I like obama better than Clinton. He was just a dem like the rest of em. But he wasn't worse than Bill Clinton nor what Hillary could be

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:43 PM Rand Says:

Reply to #18  
hashomer Says:

In Like Flynn is OUT. He's helping with two other INVESTIGATIONS. Coi'hen GUILTY and TALKING. Manafart NEXT. Trumpf IMPEACHMENT STARTS JAN 1. going, going, GONE.

Keep dreaming. You sad bored soul.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 03:13 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #20  
Educated Archy Says:

Nope no they won't. Because russian interference is not illegal mr so called "lawyer". They may go to jail for financial stuff , obstruction, lying but not for the fake collusion crime. Those other stuff are all gottcha stuff and fake charges.

And lets face it, Mueller was hired to get Trump out of office. Don't kid yourself. they want the big prize. They don't really care if manafort , Stone ,cohen etc... all get locked up. They want Donald. They maybe somewhat satisfied with Kushner and JR because its a way to stick it to the president. But they want Donald.

Russian interference is illegal if you solicit it or knowingly collaborate with the Russian interference. Also, conspiracy to hack and fraud upon the U.S. are crimes, the latter being a serious felony.

Section 30121 of Title 52, makes it a crime for any foreigner to contribute or donate money or some “other thing of value” in connection with an American election, or for anyone to solicit a foreigner to do so.

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 701; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 04:37 PM LOL Says:

Reply to #19  
Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Muellers public praise of Flynn certainly points to there bring "...many more shoes to drop..." in the probe of Russian election interference.

"Mueller still has many more revelations to drop, and they're going to land hard." Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig

"...the memo itself is kind of a dud...but only because all the good stuff is redacted." Former Whitewater investigator and white-collar attorney Sol Wisenberg.

"No valuable information..." Archy

Got love ole Uneducated...he has yet to meet either fact or argument that can dent his adoration for his Fuhrer.

We've been hearing the same non sense for 2 plus years...........anyday now LOL

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 05:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Educated Archy Says:

FYI I like obama better than Clinton. He was just a dem like the rest of em. But he wasn't worse than Bill Clinton nor what Hillary could be

I like both Obama and Clinton. They both INCREASED the Stocks app. 300% each. Clinton is the only POTUS in the last 50 Year who balanced the budget. (he had a frumm Secy Treasury) Nixon, Bush was a disaster. Trump looks like the same (Its not over yet, will see) Stocks are going down and he will likely be impeached. He will either resign or give the Dems the next Election like never before. The Midterm was already the largest % of dems voters win in 100 years. McCain lost to Obama not because Obama was that great. It had to do with Bush. Same now. Anyone who the dems nominate can beat Trump big time. Anyone even the 24 year old waitress.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 05:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Poor hashomer-yoni Says:

Once again, the hopes of the hateful snowflakes are being shot down. Lol. Trump reigns!!!!

Really?? When did he resign??

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 05:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Educated Archy Says:

Glad you are so certain.

Keep on dreaming. they won't get trump . And no yoni Trump ain't resigning. TrumpISprez4-8

Trump resigns! TrumpIpriz4-8

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 05:23 PM Anonymous Says:

All that redacted stuff is probably how Russia compromised Flynn when he was there. Knowing how the Russians operate, a lot of sordid stuff was blacked out to save Flynn the embarrassment to himself and his family. I have a feeling it's gonna be much worse when the whole thing leaks out.

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