Michael Flynn Judge Requests FBI Interview Records Before Sentencing

Michael Flynn Judge Requests FBI Interview Records Before Sentencing

Michael Flynn Judge Requests FBI Interview Records Before Sentencing

Flynn faces up to six months in prison, but he is expected to spend far less time in jail.

Flynn pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to federal investigators about the contents of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Flynn was forced to resign from his national security post in February 2017.

But what the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's did to President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is fresh proof that there are two kinds of justice operating in the Washington swamp.

The special counsel investigating whether Trump's 2016 Republican presidential campaign coordinated with Russian Federation has said Flynn was so helpful that he was entitled to avoid time behind bars, even though sentencing guidelines recommend up to six months in prison. McCabe also told Flynn that if he brought his lawyer to the meeting the Justice Department would have to attend as well. "The Court should reject the defendant's attempt to minimize the seriousness of those false statements to the FBI", Mueller argued."The circumstances of the defendant's interview also show that his decision to make false statements was voluntary and intentional". Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat and former federal prosecutor, who said Flynn committed a serious crime of lying to the FBI about a national security matter while in the White House and serving as national security adviser.

"A sitting National Security Advisor, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents", Mueller's prosecutors wrote. According to the memo, after Flynn gave false statements about knowing the Russian Ambassador the agents gave him multiple chances to correct his statements. Last week Mueller's office released their own sentencing memo that also recommended no prison time.

The interview was arranged by the FBI deputy director at the time, Andrew McCabe, who was sacked later after internal FBI investigators found that he had not been forthcoming about authorizing discussions with a reporter about a pending investigation. More than a year after the three-star general and former national security advisor pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, Flynn is set to be sentenced on December 18.

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"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. It appeared that Flynn, who lost his home paying for lawyers, only would have to perform community service.

Since May of 2017, former FBI director Robert Mueller has led an investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election.

Flynn asked a subordinate member of the Presidential Transition Team to contact the Post on the morning of January 13 and convey false information about the defendant's communications with the Russian ambassador.

As mitigating factors, Flynn's lawyers cited both the lack of a warning about lying and a suggestion by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to Flynn that the "quickest way" to conduct the interview was without counsel present.

Flynn gave Strzok and the other agent a tour of the White House after they arrived. "Flynn didn't introduce them to anyone". And it described Flynn as a dedicated and fearless officer, noting that while deployed in Grenada, he once dove off a 40-foot cliff and saved two servicemen who had been swept out to sea.

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