Here's what Trump's "Cult 45" refuses to understand about the Cohen revelations

05 December, 2018, 16:14 | Author: Trevor Moore
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Special counsel Robert Mueller told a federal court Tuesday that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has given "substantial assistance" to the Russian Federation investigation and should not get jail time.

In a memo submitted to the judge who will decide his fate, Bob Mueller said that Flynn had provided "substantial" assistance to the investigation into potential Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign over 19 interviews. They also said he provided help on other criminal investigations, although those details were redacted because the probes are ongoing.

Flynn pled guilty in December 2017 to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials during an interview the previous January, during which he said he misrepresented his statements to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, his previous interactions with Russian government figures, and his contacts with Turkish government figures.

In this image made from a video taken on December 10, 2015 and made available on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, US President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow.

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

That could happen as soon as Tuesday, when Mueller is scheduled to file a detailed memo in support of the sentencing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Mueller, the president said on Twitter on Monday, "is a much different man than people think".

Flynn's case has stood apart from those of other Trump associates, who have aggressively criticised the investigation, sought to undermine it and, in some cases, been accused of lying even after agreeing to cooperate.

Several lawyers said Trump's tweet amounted to witness tampering.

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Prosecutors said Flynn had originally lied about contacts he had with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

It is unclear whether the president - who has provided written answers to the Mueller investigation - will now turn his fury on Mr Flynn, who could still be jailed for up to six months based on federal sentencing guidelines.

"Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards", Mueller said in the sentencing memo filed in federal court in Washington. At one point, he tried to protect Flynn by asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his alleged false statements, according to a memo Comey wrote after the February 2017 encounter. Corsi has released documents showing Mueller's prosecutors offered him a deal to plead guilty to a false statements charge but he's rejected the offer.

"Michael Flynn won't be facing any prison time, but he would have faced no legal jeopardy at all if he just wouldn't have plead guilty because they never would have gotten a conviction with Peter Strzok as their star witness".

Some House Democrats, about to be armed with subpoena power in various committees by the "blue wave" that will give them the majority in the House in January, may want to pursue impeachment against the president.

Not only did he draw notice to how soon into the investigation he agreed to cooperate, but he also pointed out how valuable his cooperation has been. On August 22-the same day Manafort was convicted of eight crimes-Cohen confessed to eight charges that ranged from tax fraud to bank fraud to campaign finance violations.

Investigators have dug into virtually everything, including the way Cohen ran his taxi business, how he bought the silence of two women claiming affairs with Trump and whether he had information about possible contact between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives during the 2016 election.

The court filing also says that Flynn's secrecy 'impeded the ability of the public to learn about the Republic of Turkey's efforts to influence public opinion about the failed coup, including its efforts to effectuate the removal of a person legally residing in the United States'.


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