Flynn has given 'substantial' assistance to the special counsel

Flynn has given 'substantial' assistance to the special counsel

Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller's team released a highly anticipated memo Tuesday evening, December 4, 2018, detailing the false statements made by Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser over his links to Turkey.

In a memo and addendum, Mueller recommends a lenient sentence for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Court documents that were filed on Tuesday stated that Flynn provided "substantial assistance" to Mueller's investigation and as a result, Mueller asked that Flynn serve no jail time for making false statements to the FBI.

With Flynn providing enough valuable information that Mueller feels it's enough for him to finally be sentenced, one can only speculate as to what will come next in he Russian Federation probe, or the other investigations.

Michael Flynn is the only member of the Trump administration so far to plead guilty as a result of the investigation.

Flynn's sentencing is scheduled for December 18.

"In addition, the defendant made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his prior interactions with the Russian government in December 2016 concerning a pending United Nations Security Council resolution", the filing continued.

It's unclear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, whom Trump bonded with during the 2016 campaign.

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

The president praised former political adviser Roger Stone, who has rejected allegations that he abetted Russian interference to help Trump in the 2016 election through contacts with WikiLeaks, which published stolen emails that embarrassed Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Flynn admitted lying to investigators about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. late in December 2016.


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

A sentencing memo has been filed on Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney. 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.

Last week, Cohen, who has been in discussions with Mueller's team for months, reached a plea deal with the special counsel to a single count of making false statements to Congress about an aborted Trump Tower development project in Moscow, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from the president.

"To those who have supported us throughout this process".

The Cohen plea along with past indictments and guilty pleas have bolstered the credibility of the Russian Federation probe, even though the president continues to dismiss it as a witch hunt.

"The defendant's decision to plead guilty and cooperate likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming", the court filings said. Trump said in morning tweets.

Cohen and his attorneys also cited the payments he made to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump, strongly implying in their filing that President Trump is the person referred to as "Client-1"- which had widely been assumed.

He was caught out for lying, but by telling the truth to the special counsel since then, Michael Flynn may avoid jail time.

"Nice to know that some people still have 'guts!'" Trump said in another Twitter post on Monday.

To wit, Saturday Night Live closed its show last week demanding results in an abridged chorus of the Mariah Carey holiday rocker: "Mueller, All I want For Christmas is You".

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