Michael Flynn told special counsel about possible attempts to obstruct Russian Federation probe

18 May, 2019, 04:11 | Author: Wade Massey
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Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after having dinner at Martin's Tavern in Georgetown, May 6, 2019, in Washington. "And you would have thought it would have, and they would have maybe focused on that, but it didn't come up at all", said Flynn's brother. 'He has pled guilty to those lies.

While the documents do not alter the fundamental findings of the special counsel's probe, the details cast new light on Flynn's role in their investigation.

President Donald Trump said Friday that there was no way for him to know that retired Army General Michael Flynn was under investigation while he was still campaigning in 2016.

"That sequence of events could have had the potential to affect Flynn's decision to cooperate, as well as the extent of that cooperation".

"It's true President Obama made it known he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's", then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in 2017.

Federal prosecutors unsealed court documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's case against Michael Flynn on Thursday showing in greater detail the breadth of the former national security advisor's assistance to prosecutors.

Flynn, a Trump campaign senior adviser and the national security adviser for 24 days, pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December 2016.

A description of another topic of Flynn's cooperation is still blacked out in the court record. Flynn has not yet been sentenced, partly because the lobbying case in Virginia is still ongoing, and he may testify at that trial.

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In Mueller's obstruction probe, the special counsel found evidence that Trump had taken steps to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation and had reason to want to thwart Mueller's efforts.

Democrats have asked Barr to turn over an unredacted version of Mueller's report, as well as the report's underlying evidence, to conduct an obstruction of justice investigation into the president.

The 400-page Mueller report concluded in March there was insufficient evidence to show collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation, and raised questions as to whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to derail the Justice Department investigation.

Mueller charged several former Trump advisers in addition to Flynn with lying or witness tampering. Flynn had told Mueller about multiple examples of this type of outreach, the newly revealed court filings say, and it became a significant part of Mueller's inquiry into whether the President obstructed justice.

The revelations appeared in an addendum to Flynn's sentencing memo with fewer redactions, filed Thursday. That included unnamed campaign officials' discussion of reaching out to WikiLeaks after it had released emails the Russians had stolen from the Clinton campaign.

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.

Mueller's final report had made clear that Flynn contributed to the probe into the presidential transition and possible obstruction of justice by the President.



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