Why Wasn't I Told Flynn Under Investigation?

Why Wasn't I Told Flynn Under Investigation?

"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", prosecutors said.

Prosecutors revealed details about Flynn's communications in a court filing aimed at showing the extent of his cooperation with Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Mueller did not ultimately charge Trump or anyone in his orbit concerning those communications, even though the special counsel's office examined almost a dozen episodes for potential obstruction, including purported efforts by the president to discourage cooperation.

After Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement [JDA] with the President and began cooperating with the government, the President's personal counsel left a message for Flynn's attorneys reminding them of the President's warm feelings towards Flynn, which he said "still remains", and asking for a "heads up" if Flynn knew "information that implicates the President".

While the documents do not alter the fundamental findings of the special counsel's probe, the details cast new light on Flynn's role in their investigation.

Flynn is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with the former Russian ambassador to the US during the Trump transition.

The new information includes details of instances where the president, and those with ties to the administration, could have potentially obstructed justice and attempted to prevent Flynn from cooperating with Mueller.

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In a separate court filing, Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered prosecutors to turn over redacted portions of Mr. Mueller's report, which would make them public.

President Donald Trump said Friday that there was no way for him to know that retired Army General Michael Flynn was under investigation while he was still campaigning in 2016.

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.

Although Barr, and Trump, claim the report also exonerates the president from obstruction of justice, the special counsel outlined 10 "episodes" of potential obstruction.

The 400-page Mueller report concluded in March there was insufficient evidence to show collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation, and raised questions as to whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to derail the Justice Department investigation. But Mueller declined to decide whether the President should be charged with a crime. For example, prosecutors wrote in the newly unsealed documents that Flynn "recalled conversations with senior campaign officials after the release of the then-Hillary Clinton presidential campaign manager John Podesta's emails, during which the prospect of reaching out to WikiLeaks was discussed".

It was not known previously how much Flynn had contributed to this part of the investigation, as much of the Mueller report related to WikiLeaks is still redacted because of the ongoing case against Roger Stone or other unnamed ongoing investigations. Mueller also said that Flynn's cooperation was what alerted him to this.

Former President Barack Obama warned Trump about hiring Flynn.

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