Mueller calls Michael Flynn's cooperation 'substantial,' recommends no jail time

Mueller calls Michael Flynn's cooperation 'substantial,' recommends no jail time

Mueller calls Michael Flynn's cooperation 'substantial,' recommends no jail time

President Donald Trump accused his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, of lying to the special counsel investigators in order to get a more lenient sentence for his tax, fraud, and perjury crimes. They noted his cooperation likely inspired other crucial witnesses to cooperate.

"Given the defendant's substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range - including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration - is appropriate and warranted", Mueller said in a memorandum to the court.

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.

Mueller has also secured the cooperation of others in the Trump circle with a view on those months, including Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, and Rick Gates, an associate of Paul Manafort who was a fixture on Trump's campaign and inauguration teams. 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.

Cohen said in the court filing that he, with Trump's knowledge, had pursued a Moscow building project with Russian government officials well into the presidential campaign.

An addendum to the sentencing memo outlined the ways in which Flynn has been helping government investigators, but as it "includes sensitive information about ongoing investigations, the government is seeking to partially seal" the document and filed a redacted version for public release.

In response, Giuliani told Fox News that nothing in the sentencing memo suggested collusion between Trump and Russian officials.

Prosecutors report Michael Flynn provided "substantial assistance"; Catherine Herridge has the details. "His 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".

Flynn, whose sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period from election day 2016 to Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

Cohen asked a judge in a court filing to give him no prison time when he is sentenced on December 12, reported CNN.

December 22, 2016: A senior member of Trump's transition team tells Flynn to contact government officials from multiple countries, encouraging them to vote no on an upcoming UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements.

It's illegal for private citizens to interfere in a sitting government's foreign policy.

January 24, 2017: Four days after Trump's inauguration, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents question Flynn.

Flynn had revealed during his court appearance previous year that he was cooperating with the Special Counsel's office, but the filings reveal both the extent and the implications for the probe as a whole.

Mr Flynn's short tenure as Mr Trump's national security adviser ended in February 2017 after just 23 days.

Flynn's long career in the military culminated with his appointment by President Barack Obama as director of national intelligence in 2012.

According to Trump, Cohen seeks to avoid being sent to prison for the misdeeds he committed - unrelated to the current U.S. president, of course - and is simply making up "stories" in order to make a deal with the court.

Russian president Vladimir Putin indicated in a statement the following day that Russia would not retaliate, a move Trump praised as "very smart". There appear to be at least two redacted headings for redacted sections after this.

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