Mueller Says Flynn’s Been Cooperative with Russian Investigation, Asks for Light Sentence

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But the special counsel revealed some key details about what information Flynn's cooperation has yielded.

Carlos Barria/REUTERS/NewscomMichael Flynn, the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, has provided so much assistance to the Department of Justice's investigations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is recommending a light sentence for Flynn for lying to the FBI about his connections with Russian Federation.

While the court filing confirms that Flynn provided extensive information to aid Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation investigation, an addendum attached details of the information Flynn supplied.

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Prosecutors commended Flynn, a retired three-star general in the U.S. Army, for "accepting responsibility in a timely fashion" for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during Trump's transition to the White House and then "substantially assisting the government" after he pleaded guilty last December.

"[Flynn's] early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the SCO [special counsel's office]", the filing reads.

It seems that Flynn is cooperating in at least three ongoing investigations: a criminal investigation about which all details are redacted; Mueller's investigation into "any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald J. Trump"; and at least one additional investigation about which all information is redacted.

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In a memo issued Tuesday, Mueller cited the former Trump aide's cooperation and "substantial assistance" in the investigation as his reason for the recommendation. But one thing appears certain: Flynn has provided Mueller and other investigators with a lot of information, and they are following those leads down multiple paths.

"The United States of America, by and through Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, respectfully submits this memorandum in aid of sentencing defendant Michael T. Flynn", the court document said on Tuesday. He agreed to cooperate with Mueller under a plea agreement in which he could be sentenced up to six months in prison and fined as much as $9,500. As to the first category, the addendum doesn't provide any information that wasn't already publicly known, but Mueller didn't need to redact that portion because it dealt with matters related to the substance of Flynn's plea itself; the question is what's lurking behind that second set of redaction marks. He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russian Federation to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected. The situation prompted Flynn's resignation.

Flynn was forced to resign his post on February 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn's false statements.

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Mueller also wrote that Flynn provided documents and communications to back his oral testimony.

Flynn a year ago admitted to filing a false foreign lobbying form that omitted the Turkish government's role in a pro-Turkey lobbying project he was working on. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for the work when he became national security adviser.

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