Flynn has Given ‘Substantial’ Assistance to the Special Counsel

Flynn has Given ‘Substantial’ Assistance to the Special Counsel

Flynn has Given ‘Substantial’ Assistance to the Special Counsel

Mueller's office says Flynn assisted them "on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation".

Last week President Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying during congressional testimony.

Trump also praised another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him - drawing accusations of witness tampering and illegally obstructing the Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

He will be sentenced in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on 18 December. The sentencing guidelines for Flynn's offense suggest 0 to 6 months of incarceration.

Trump said a year ago that Flynn was a "fine man", but he had to dismiss his national security adviser 21 days into the new administration because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador in Washington during the transition.

"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 [special counsel's office]", Mueller's office wrote.

Mueller's office did praise Flynn's character, saying his "record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part the investigation".

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Trump has continually railed against the special counsel investigation and Russian Federation has denied interfering into the 2016 election, though Putin admitted at a joint appearance with the USA president this past summer that he had hoped Trump would prevail over Clinton.

Most notably, Trump former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, aggressively fought the investigation and is now facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence after his cooperation agreement recently fell apart over allegations that he had lied to investigators. Mueller said the Russian ambassador then called Flynn on 31 December to explain that Putin's decision was a response to Flynn's request.

Flynn was a close adviser to Trump during the campaign - and famously led a "lock her up" Hillary Clinton chant at the Republican National Convention.

He also pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to one count of lying to Congress last week, and his lawyers say he expects to cooperate further.

The president's critics contend such statements about individuals who refuse to testify against him or give up potentially damaging information are signs he might pardon them, should they face federal charges. The plea deal said Flynn's cooperation may include answering questions, taking government-administered polygraph examinations, providing sworn statements and participating in "covert law enforcement activities".

Two other Mueller defendants who also pleaded guilty to making false statements, Alex van der Zwaan and George Papadopoulos, both had to serve prison time.

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