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Excerpt: "Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has given special counsel Robert Mueller 'first-hand' details of contacts between President Donald Trump's transition team and Russian government officials, a bombshell court document filed Tuesday says."

Mike Flynn. (photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Mike Flynn. (photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)


Mueller Says Michael Flynn Gave 'First-Hand' Details of Trump Transition Team Contacts With Russians

By Dan Mangan and Kevin Breuninger, CNBC

05 December 18

 

ormer national security advisor Michael Flynn has given special counsel Robert Mueller "first-hand" details of contacts between President Donald Trump's transition team and Russian government officials, a bombshell court document filed Tuesday says.

Mueller in a sentencing memo said Flynn's "substantial assistance" to his probe warrants a light criminal sentence — which could include no jail time for the retired Army lieutentant general.

That assistance, which includes 19 interviews with Mueller's team and Justice Department attorneys, related to a previsouly unknown "criminal investigation," as well as to Mueller's long-running probe of the Trump campaign's and transition team's links or coordination with the Russian government.

"The defendant provided firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials," the memo says.

Mueller's memo almost completely blacks out details of what Flynn might have said.

Trump's ex-national security advisor is due to be sentenced Dec. 18 in U.S. District Court in Washington.

He pleaded guilty last December to a single count of lying to federal agents about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential transition in late 2016.

Flynn has cooperated with Mueller's ongoing probe since pleading guilty.

"Given the defendant's substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, 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," Mueller's office wrote in the memo filed Tuesday.

Mueller's memo says that some of Flynn's benefits to the probe "may not be fully realized at this time because the investigations in which he has provided assistance are ongoing."

Mueller said in the filing that while Flynn's long military and public service records "distinguish him from every other person who has been charged" in the Russia probe, that same record "should have made him particularly aware of the harm caused by providing false information to the government."

Flynn's lawyers will file their own sentencing memorandum by next week.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison. But his plea agreement with Mueller says he is eligible for a sentence ranging from no time in prison to six months locked up.

Mueller is expected to file another court document later this week in connection with ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Those documents will detail Mueller's allegation that the longtime Republican consultant Manafort, who pleaded guilty in August to multiple crimes unrelated to the campaign, had lied since then to investigators after agreeing like Flynn to cooperate with Mueller's probe.

Flynn had served only briefly as Trump's national security advisor — just 24 days. He is the only member of the Trump administration to date to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by Mueller's probe.

He was forced to resign Feb. 13, 2017, after being accused of lying to Vice President Mike Pence and other top Trump administration officials about the nature of his discussions with Russia's ambassador.

Flynn was a prominent supporter of Trump during the presidential campaign, and had been a senior member of his transition team after the election.

On Jan. 24, 2017, just two days after being sworn in as national security advisor, Flynn, in an interview with the FBI, lied by saying he did not ask Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, to refrain from retaliating against the United States in response to sanctions the Obama administration had imposed on Russia for the election meddling.

Flynn also lied by saying he did not recall a subsequent conversation with Kislyak in which the ambassador said Russia had opted to be moderate in its response to the sanctions because of Flynn's request.

When he pleaded guilty, Flynn also admitted to having made false statements in multiple documents with the Justice Department in March 2017 related to the Foreign Agents Registration Act in connection with a project being performed by him and his firm, the Flynn Intel Group, on behalf of the government of Turkey.

Trump has repeatedly railed against Mueller's investigation, calling it a "witch hunt."

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-7 # laborequalswealth 2018-12-05 10:48
Uh... TRANSITION team. Doesn't that mean they were in touch with those scary scary Russians AFTER Trump was elected?

Should the President elect of the USA ignore Russia? Should we never speak with the Russians again? Should we pretend Russia doesn't exist?

More water sandwiches from Mueller.

PS: Trump is a turd but the Demos continue to waste time on Russia while letting President Agent Orange destroy everything from education to the environment. Bah.
 
 
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-05 11:06
"a bombshell court document filed Tuesday says."


I hope this will be the last of these shock and awe bombshells that the media drops on us. I read the bombshell document. It was about 80% redacted and it was not possible to gain any specific information on what exactly Flynn said about contact with Russians. "Subtantial assistance" and (19 interviews" just don't mean anything.

Of course it is not a crime to have contact with Russians. In fact that is (or was) Flynn's job. Trump's too. You would have to have testimony of illegal contact of some sort.

It is good to see Muller finally dumping his load. These are dud bombs so far but it is just good to see them dumped and gone.

Basically, it is Mission accomplished for Mueller. He got Flynn out of the picture. Flynn was #1 against the war on Syria. Had he remained (instead of Bolton) maybe the Syrian war would be over now

Mueller wins. The world loses.
 
 
+3 # HarryP 2018-12-06 08:07
Rodion: For someone who wallows in conspiracy theories, you ought to take a closer look at Mueller’s sentencing recommendations . There are no “dud bombs” exploding. They will soon come. What we have is Mueller’s thank you note to Flynn - for leading him to the White Whale.

Everyone in the White House understands that, especially Trump. To pretend otherwise is merely an act of desperation.
 
 
-6 # Dale 2018-12-05 12:19
I am fully supportive of impeaching Trump or otherwise pressuring him to resign. One of these days he will issue a Twit of something like "Fuck all of you feminist whores, queers, Mexican rapists, uppity niggers, Islamic Terrorists, all those from Shithole countries, I quit!" But the Mueller investigation and the anti-Russian implications played upon by the Dems and the media are way off base. Some of these critiques of “Russia Gate", that now appear daily may have a grain of truth, but not much more. They dont take account of the utter hypocrisy of the Dems and all those reverting to the old style red-baiting, McCarthyism. The United States interferes in the elections and internal affairs of dozens of countries around the world. Such interference takes the form of regime change, as occurred in the Ukraine, and is happening now in Venezuela. Other times, outright military intervention as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Drone murders and Special Ops in dozens of countries. Aid to local militaries to overthrow governments or to violently repress those demanding change, Chile, Central America. So get off it Democrats and media. Go after Trump for real, not trumped up, reasons. This Russia baiting goes on daily, without a single word about U.S. interventions. Most Americans want Trump out, but it should be done for real reasons, and there are many, not trumpted up ones. Russian interference in our Democracy. What Democracy? America is a Plutocracy, ruled by oligarchs.
 
 
0 # johnescher 2018-12-07 11:49
I like the first four lines of your post, Dale, but then I think you get off the beam. I think both you and the Dostoyevskian murderer of old ladies with combs in their hair too easily let yourselves be distracted away from the collusion which one naturally surmises is about to be shown.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2018-12-05 14:37
Mueller Says Michael Flynn Gave 'First-Hand' Details of Trump Transition Team Contacts With Russians, 05 December 18

- dickhead couldn't help himself?

"but i fired five more shots, into the inert body, on which they left no visible trace, and each, successive shot, was another loud, fateful, rap, on the door, of my undoing" - l'etranger, sartre
 
 
0 # johnescher 2018-12-07 11:52
Quoting Robbee:
Mueller Says Michael Flynn Gave 'First-Hand' Details of Trump Transition Team Contacts With Russians, 05 December 18

- dickhead couldn't help himself?

"but i fired five more shots, into the inert body, on which they left no visible trace, and each, successive shot, was another loud, fateful, rap, on the door, of my undoing" - l'etranger, sartre


This is great, but next time why not cite something from CRIME AND PUNISHMENT itself to honor Rodion Raskolnikov's self-deception and adopting of that name.
 

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