Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Author: Jon Douglas Dec 17, 2018,
Dec 17, 2018, 19:12
Attorneys for Michael Flynn released a sentencing memo suggesting 200 hours of community service and no prison time, in return for his cooperation with the United States government's Russian Federation investigation.
US President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has asked a federal judge to spare him from prison time, saying that his cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe "was not grudging or delayed".
Heck, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian operatives and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition is "getting closer and closer".
The agents' impression that Flynn was not lying does not square with what fired FBI Director James Comey told House investigators during the closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees last Friday. One of the documents is a memo authored by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe summarizing his involvement in Flynn's January 24, 2017, FBI interview.
Though Flynn's supporters have seized on the fact that the FBI agents who questioned him did not detect signs of deception during the interview, prosecutors say that doesn't change the fact "that he was indeed lying, and knowingly made false statements to FBI agents in a national security investigation". "He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth", the memo read.
Flynn is set to be sentenced on Tuesday.
Mueller recounted the officials Flynn allegedly lied to, including Vice President Mike Pence. Seven people have pleaded guilty to various charges, including President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
"Flynn was so talkative, and had so much time for them, that Strzok wondered if the National Security Adviser did not have more important things to do than have such a relaxed, non-pertinent discussion with them", according to notes from the interview.
"A term of probation with minimal conditions of supervision is just punishment", Flynn's lawyers said in the 178-page memorandum.
Flynn's bid to blame investigators appeared to be directed at Trump, who seized on the details and defended Flynn on Thursday on Twitter and on Fox News. Then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who had arranged the interview but wasn't present for it, was sacked for what the Justice Department called a lack of candor involving a media leak.
The mainstream media just spent the previous year claiming Contreras' sudden removal from this case meant nothing much at all, and the subsequent 12 months of sentencing delays was due to all that awesome cooperation Flynn was supposedly giving to Mueller for his investigation into Trump and his associates. Last week, the special counsel's office recommended little to no jail time due to his cooperation. Mr. Flynn agreed and offered to do an interview that day. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
What happened to Gen. Flynn is a textbook example of our country's two-tiered system of justice - one for Trump and Republicans and one for the Clintons and Democrats.
But after pleading guilty, Flynn began co-operative extensively with the Justice Department, sitting for 19 interviews with prosecutors in multiple investigations.
The defendants, their fortunes sliding in opposite directions, represent starkly different paths in Mueller's investigation - a model cooperator on one end and, prosecutors say, a dishonest and resistant witness on the other.