Mueller probe recommends no jail time for former Trump aide Flynn

Robert Mueller

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

In a pair of politically charged tweets, Trump made clear that he is closely watching those who turn on him in the special counsel's probe, which has ensnared some of the president's closest advisers.

According to memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, Trump tried to protect Flynn by asking Comey to let the investigation into his false statements go. There appear to be at least two redacted headings for redacted sections after this.

But on Friday, another filing is expected that legal experts say probably will not be sealed - a detailed explanation of why Mueller's office is withdrawing a plea agreement with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, including the "crimes and lies" Mueller alleges Manafort committed while he purported to be cooperating with the special counsel. Kislyak calls Flynn. The next day, Flynn consults another high-ranking Trump transition team official and returns Kislyak's call, asking Russian Federation not to retaliate.

Though prosecutors withheld specific details of Flynn's cooperation because of ongoing investigations, their filing nonetheless underscores the breadth of information Mueller has obtained from people close to Trump as the president increasingly vents his anger at the probe - and those who cooperate with it.

In a series of unhinged Tweets Monday morning, Donald Trump blasted the Mueller investigation and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, praising conspiracy theorist Roger Stone for vowing to never testify against him.

Mueller's office offered the 72-year-old Corsi a plea deal: if he will plead guilty to lying to federal investigators in connection with the Russia-related investigation, he will get probation rather than jail time. Mueller noted that Flynn later worked extensively with the special counsel's investigation, likely prompting other witnesses to be more forthcoming. Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

Flynn's time in the administration was brief.

When he pleaded guilty a year ago, Flynn admitted to lying during an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview about the content of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

Once he entered the private sector, Flynn launched his own security consulting firm, Flynn Intelligence Group, and used his military experience to enter a wide range of business ventures, some which involved problematic entanglements.

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Flynn also provided assistance on a separate criminal investigation.

Mueller cites Flynn's extensive cooperation in the Russian Federation probe and an unspecified criminal investigation, and his service in the military, for his recommendation to a District Court judge. He did all this without first obtaining a traditional, ironclad deal under which the government would commit to seeking leniency on Cohen's behalf when he is sentenced on December 12.

That substantial assistance led Mueller to recommend a light sentence.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December of a year ago to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with Kislyak.

In a court filing, Mueller's office said Flynn assisted with the investigation "concerning links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign".

The sentencing memo was "respectfully submitted" by special counsel Mueller himself.

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.

Flynn also made false statements to the Justice Department, the filing states, in his March 2017 foreign lobbying filing about his work in Turkey - including failing to disclose his ties to the Turkish government when he wrote a November 2016 op-ed calling for the removal of a cleric residing in the US. Mueller's prosecutors are investigating Stone to learn whether he had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks' plans to release hacked material damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

The filing states: "Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards".

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