Mueller memo to shed light on Flynn’s cooperation in Russian Federation investigation

Minnie Murray
December 5, 2018

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is said to be "tying up loose ends" in his probe, and will potentially finish it up in the next few weeks, according to Yahoo News.

Prosecutors have filed a sentencing memorandum in the case of Flynn, who pleaded guilty past year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about reaching out to Russian government officials on President Donald Trump's behalf. According to the addendum, Flynn has assisted with two other matters - at least one of them a criminal investigation - besides Mueller's Russian Federation probe, but those other matters are redacted.

The filing says that Mueller recommends no prison time for Flynn after he has provided the investigation with "substantial assistance" in the investigation.

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 detailed conversations he had with the then-Republican presidential candidate. The sentencing guidelines for Flynn's offense suggest 0 to 6 months of incarceration.

According to his plea, Flynn discussed USA sanctions with Kislyak on Trump's behalf during the presidential transition and said members of the president's inner circle were aware of, and in some cases directing, his efforts.

At the end of the filing, the special counsel praised Flynn's early cooperation in the investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has been leading an investigation that is looking at whether the president or his associates colluded with Russian interests during the presidential election of 2016.

The filing details the series of false statements Flynn made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

Mueller has wasted no time bringing into court other cooperating witnesses, such as George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser, and Paul Manafort, once Trump's campaign chairman, to face penalties for lying to his investigators or not fully cooperating.

Whatever it is that Flynn said, it's clear that Mueller liked it.

In an ABC News interview on Sunday, Stone, a veteran Republican political consultant, denied any impropriety and said he would never give evidence against Trump, with whom he has worked for four decades. Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

Friends and relatives have said Flynn, who at 2016 campaign rallies led chants of "Lock her up!" about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is eager to face the judge and accept his fate following his dramatic guilty plea nearly exactly one year ago.

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

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