Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

Michael Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

Michael Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

The unredacted information about Flynn's cooperation in Mueller's obstruction probe revealed that before and after his guilty plea his attorneys "received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could have affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation".

A voicemail is described in the Mueller report in which a member of the president's legal team contacted one of Flynn's attorneys requesting "some kind of heads up" about the nature of the former national security advisor's cooperation with investigators.

Federal prosecutors did not identify any of the people who reached out to Flynn, but said they the special counsel's office was in some instances "unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant".

"It wouldn't surprise me if you've gone on to make a deal with ... the government", the unidentified attorney said in the voicemail message, according to Mr. Mueller.

Mueller's office had previously told the court that Flynn should receive little to no jail time, because he provided investigators with "substantial assistance" in the special counsel's investigation into Russian election interference.

Russian woman claims she was manipulated into entrapping Gen. Flynn; Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

Flynn also assisted the Eastern District of Virginia and prosecutors from the Justice Department's National Security Division with a now-open case against his former lobbying partner, who allegedly worked illegally for Turkey.

While it wasn't until after Flynn had already been hired, Trump was also warned by two different officials - whom he later fired - in early January that Flynn was under investigation.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador in Washington, about USA sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

On or shortly after November 24, 2017 Personal counsel asks Flynn attorney for "heads up" on info implicating the President; says refusal to discuss reflects "hostility" and promises to convey to Trump. But Mueller declined to decide whether the President should be charged with a crime. Attorney General William Barr and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein chose not to charge Trump.

CBS News' Reid said the transcripts of any calls between Flynn and Russian officials will be made public by May 31. "For example, the defendant recalled conversations with senior campaign officials after the release of the Podesta emails, during which the prospect of reaching out to WikiLeaks was discussed", according to the newly unredacted documents.

A redacted version of Mueller's report released last month said that the evidence did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and the campaign.

"It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge".

The problem? Trump was warned about Flynn by his predecessor shortly after his 2016 victory.

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