Former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn offers 'substantial' cooperation to Robert Mueller

05 December, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Donnie King
  • Michael Cohen

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has recommended that former national security advisor Michael Flynn serve little to no jail time for lying to the FBI because of his "substantial assistance" in Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, according to court documents filed Tuesday night.

Two of the cases he helped with were separate to the Russian Federation investigation, large parts of the document were redacted and the full extent of Flynn's assistance was not revealed, suggesting that Mueller's work is far from over.

In this November 29 photo, Michael Cohen walks out of federal court in NY.

But they did include a caveat, which stated: 'Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards'. "As described in the Addendum, shortly after the SCO reached out to the defendant to seek his cooperation, the defendant accepted responsibility for his unlawful conduct and began cooperating with the government".

Once a distinguished military officer with decades of government experience, Flynn - who's now retired - forged a close bond with President Trump during the 2016 campaign as an adviser and surrogate.

Cohen became a person of interest early on in the investigation, given his close connection to the president and business contacts in Russian Federation.

Thirty-three people and three companies have been charged in the probe, including Cohen, Trump's former lawyer who last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he insisted that Trump was pursuing plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016. Days earlier Mueller's team scrapped a plea deal with Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, after he allegedly continued lying to investigators even after promising to cooperate.




A discussion of Flynn's assistance in the mystery criminal investigation included roughly a page of redacted text.

The recommended sentence, or lack thereof, provided the federal judge overseeing Flynn's case with a description of how valuable he has been to Mueller's probe and comes just two weeks before the former adviser's December 18 sentencing date.

Cohen, who is cooperating with a federal probe into whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to sway the election, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12 after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

Around that same time, Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to let the Flynn investigation go, Comey has said. Stone has also waged a public campaign against Mueller.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a sentencing memorandum in the case of Flynn, who pleaded guilty past year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding conversations about sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn's interview occurred in January 2017, shortly after he took his post as national security adviser in the Trump White House.

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