Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Mueller to detail Flynn's cooperation in Russian Federation probe

Mueller to detail Flynn's cooperation in Russian Federation probe

It started with the Obama administration's unhappiness that Flynn, during the transition as the incoming national security adviser, had phone conversations with Russia's then-ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

Tuesday's memo appears to list at least three ongoing investigations being pursued by the Justice Department.

It was filed Tuesday, two weeks ahead of Flynn's sentencing and just over a year after he became one of five Trump associates to plead guilty in the Russia probe - in his case admitting to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with the Russian ambassador to the USA before Trump took office.

In the October 2018 documentary Trump's Showdown, FRONTLINE went inside the evolution of the president's battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and the special counsel - including by examining Trump's relationship with Flynn, and how the events surrounding Flynn's exit from the administration unfolded. But some officials in the Obama Justice Department decided that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act, a 218-year-old law under which no one has ever been prosecuted, that prohibits private citizens from acting on behalf of the United States in disputes with foreign governments.

Prosecutors said the two men discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation and that Flynn also asked Kislyak to help delay a United Nations vote seen as damaging to Israel. The details of two of them are redacted.

Michael Flynn was one of President-Elect Donald Trump's first appointments. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for that work when he became national security adviser.

Flynn began cooperating with the Russian Federation probe "shortly after" Mueller's team approached him, prosecutors said - and that early cooperation boosted investigators' understanding of what happened during the campaign. He has also been scrutinized by the intelligence community, and likely Mueller, for his contacts with high-ranking Russians before and during his short time in the administration. There was also an unmissable line in the Flynn sentencing memo that will be viewed as a sign that the special counsel is aiming at administration officials who are more senior, even, than a former national security adviser.

Flynn's sentencing, which has been delayed a number of times for reasons that have never been disclosed, is scheduled to finally take place on December 18.

"If this is the best we've got coming out of Mueller's investigation, it is time that he writes the report, closes it out, and let the American people focus on what is important to them", Meadows said. They were internet fake ID salesman Richard Pinedo, who is now serving six months in prison in California even after he helped Mueller track down a Russian social media propaganda scheme; George Papadopoulos, who's finishing a two-week prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to lying about his interactions with foreigners while he was a Trump campaign adviser; and Dutch lawyer Alex Van der Zwaan, who served about a month in prison after he lied about his communications following a Ukrainian lobbying project.

Previously, Mueller's office has told judges that the defendants they cut deals with did not help them as extensively. Late Tuesday, Mueller filed what is called a sentencing report. Alex van der Zwaan, a bit player connected to Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

"Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions", the filing said. It is a spare document, seven pages, along with a largely-redacted six-page supplement laying out what Flynn has done for Mueller.

Mueller's redacted information doesn't vanish into thin air - this a preview of the Russian Federation report. "The defendant's record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part of the (special counsel's) investigation", Mueller wrote.

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