Robert Mueller's team fires back at Michael Flynn's attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dec 17, 2018, 19:15
Lawyers for Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment".
Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Muellerrecommended in a filing that Flynn receive no prison time in exchange for what they called his "significant" cooperation with the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Without providing an explanation of why Flynn lied in the first place - which remains a mystery to this day - the filing played into Trump defenders' conspiratorial attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In his reply, Mueller says that the argument that Flynn was tricked or ambushed does not hold water, and should not be considered a mitigating factor in Flynn's sentencing. Flynn's lawyer now says he actually sat through 62 hours and 45 minutes of interviews with prosecutors, and he turned over sweeping categories of documents and made some turnovers of electronic devices in his possession as well.
The claim picked up steam after Republicans on the House intelligence committee issued a report this year that said Comey, in a private briefing, said that the agents who interviewed Flynn "discerned no physical indications of deception" and saw "nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them".
According to Mueller's reply and supporting documents, Mr. McCabe brought up the need to conduct an interview after Mr. Flynn called him on an unrelated topic. According to the memo, after Flynn gave false statements about knowing the Russian Ambassador the agents gave him multiple chances to correct his statements.
In arguing for no prison time, Flynn's lawyers cited his "extraordinary" army service as well as a lifetime of devotion to family, fellow service members and veterans.
"The FBI said he didn't lie and they overrode the FBI", Trump tweeted.
In the time since he left the White House just weeks after Trump's inauguration, Flynn has moved back to Middletown, Rhode Island, where he and his wife, Lori, grew up and where they have a deep social network.
"Yeah, good luck, good luck - after what they did to Flynn, the way they trapped him into perjury, and no sentence for him", Giuliani said, referring to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is due to be sentenced Tuesday. Flynn was "relaxed and jocular" during the interview session, it adds.
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