Flynn detailed attempts to obstruct Russian Federation probe - USA court filing

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

Flynn, a former national security advisor, not only told investigators about these communications but also provided the special counsel's office with a voicemail of one instance. "In some of those instances, the [special counsel] was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant".

The report reveals that after Flynn began cooperating with the government, an unidentified Trump lawyer left a message with Flynn's attorneys reminding them that the president still had warm feelings for Flynn and asking for a "heads-up" if he knew any damaging information about the president.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador in Washington, about US sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

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.

The chart was created by matching up the dates in the Mueller Report with publicly searchable information on which lawyers were representing Trump on what matters, and when. When Flynn's counsel reiterated that Flynn could no longer share information pursuant to a joint defense agreement, the President's personal counsel said he would make sure that the President knew that Flynn's actions reflected "hostility" toward the President.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the first days of the Trump White House about his interactions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and about his lobbying for Turkey. The report stopped short of declaring Trump had committed a crime. Even some prosecutors who worked for Mueller claimed the attorney general did not adequately represent their findings, telling associates the report was more damning for Trump than Barr indicated.

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The Justice Department said Tuesday that confidential parts of Flynn's court record could be made public now because the Mueller report is out.

Trump ignored the advice and appointed Flynn, who resigned just 24 days after his appointment when it was revealed he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with a Russian ambassador.

Flynn described to investigators statements from senior campaign officials in 2016 about WikiLeaks - which received and published Democratic emails that were hacked by Russian intelligence officers "to which only a select few people were privy", prosecutors said.

A redacted version of Mueller's report released last month said that the evidence did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and the campaign.

Trump tweeted about Flynn again Friday morning.

The problem? Trump was warned about Flynn by his predecessor shortly after his 2016 victory.

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