Flynn Detailed Attempts to Obstruct Russia Probe: US Court Filing

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Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller information about attempts by people tied to the Trump administration and Congress to obstruct the Russia investigation, court documents released on Thursday showed.

The documents revealed for the first time sections that had originally been blacked out before last month’s release of Mueller’s report on his probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. The new disclosures were made at prosecutors’ request.

Flynn “informed the government of multiple instances, both before and after his guilty plea, where either he or his attorneys received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could have affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation,” Mueller wrote in a memo originally submitted ahead of Flynn’s planned sentencing on Dec. 18, 2018.

“The defendant even provided a voicemail recording of one such communication. In some instances, the SCO was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant,” he wrote, using the acronym for the Special Counsel’s Office.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is overseeing Flynn’s case, further ordered the government to disclose transcripts of the voicemail recording and of Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials by May 31, and an unredacted version of the sections of Mueller’s report relating to Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador in Washington, about U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. The conversations took place between Trump’s November election victory and his inauguration in January 2017.

Flynn had been scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18 but the judge fiercely criticized the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general for his actions and delayed his sentencing until after he had finished helping prosecutors with other probes.

Mueller has asked for the judge not to sentence Flynn to prison given his substantial cooperation.

Flynn is still cooperating with prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia against his former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, who was indicted on allegations of unregistered lobbying on behalf of Turkey. Rafiekian has pleaded not guilty and will take his case to a trial scheduled to begin in July.

Mueller completed his investigation in March. While he did not find that there was a conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 election, his report describes multiple actions Trump took to try to impede the investigation. The report stopped short of declaring Trump had committed a crime.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne in New York; Editing by James Dalgleish and Paul Tait)

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Lee Kent
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I think Reuters is a hack news agency

TOM
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Let’s see here, I have an admitted liar but I am supposed to believe that now he is telling the truth. I would be hard pressed to believe Flynn no matter what he says.

Tom Bodine
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Never give up no matter what you have to lie about is the Demo-rat platform.

Otis
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The poor Dumbocrats have ‘hit a wall’ and we know they hate walls. Their ‘get Trump’ fervor has richocheted and come back at them and as they so often are, they are in panic-mode. What has happened to their party? The slow move left has become a pell-mell race toward Socialist insanity.

Lydia Martinez
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vkeri
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vkeri

I am no attorney but I thought if the Presidents lawyers had NOT contacted Gen Flynn and/or his attorney’s. In my mind that would be a dereliction of duty. Or in Civilian terms. POTUS should fire his attorneys if that wasn’t done. Of course the WH should contact Gen. Flynn. What people do not understand (of course never mentioned by the media) is that the Mueller investigation is just THAT, an investigation. The other side, the side being investigated was not given due process. This was one sides OPINION. There was no Jury selection, no motions, no cross examinations, no… Read more »

busseja
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busseja

More garbage. I would like to hear the call and read the actual communications to Flynn. Mueller is not doing anyone a favor when he doesn’t back up his information with primary source facts.

General Confusion
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You are confused, busseja.

Remind yoursel who it is that is blocking the release of the fully unredacted report AND the supporting evidence, and remind yourself who is calling for the evidence to be revealed, so that a proper investigation can be held. Who?

These are new details being released about only ONE of the ten cases of obstruction of justices. Just one.

June
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June

If you remember, there was NO CRIME IN THE FIRST PLACE!! If there is no collusion with Russia on Trumps part, how the heck can he be guilty of trying to protect himself, WHEN HE KNOWS HE IS INNOCENT!! This is all criminal activity committed by the whole Democrat party and a corrup MSM! And they have a right to be scared!! They tried to destroy and REMOVE a legally elected President of the United States, ILLEGALLY!! Treasonous!! As for Flynn, he was prosecuted for his private actions with another country! He DID NOT TELL TRUMP THIS BEFORE HE ACCEPTED… Read more »

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