New Mueller filing reveals extent of Mike Flynn’s cooperation with prosecutors – and a mysterious voicemail from a person connected to the administration or CONGRESS that could have shaped his willingness to help
- Prosecutors say Flynn has provided ‘substantial assistance’
- Fired former national security advisor assisted with ‘several ongoing investigations’
- He relayed contacts from people connected to the Administration and Congress that ‘could have affected both his willingness to cooperate’
- Special Counsel Robert Mueller examined ten cases of possible obstruction by President Trump
- Also assisted with ‘interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russia’
- Helped with ‘discussions within the campaign about WikiLeaks’ release of emails’
A new filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office reveals the extent of the cooperation of former National Security Advisor Gen. Mike Flynn – including with matters related to potential obstruction of justice.
The filing, which argues for leniency in Flynn’s sentence following his guilty plea to lying to investigators, reveals that Flynn relayed contacts from people ‘connected to the Administration and Congress that could have affected both his willingness to cooperate.’
‘The defendant even provided a voicemail recording of one such communication,’ according to prosecutors, according to the filing, which was unsealed Thursday.
Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn provided ‘substantial assistance’ to prosecutors in the Russia probe
It doesn’t state who the lawmaker or Administration official who reached out to Flynn’s team was, but states it occurred on ‘multiple instances.’
The action is described under a section of the filing titled: ‘Potential efforts to interfere in the Special Counsel’s Office’s investigation.
In some of the instances where Flynn provided information, Mueller’s office ‘was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant,’ according to the filing.
The filing references a voicemail from someone connected to the Administration or Congress
The outreach to Flynn, who became a key cooperating witness after he was the first major Trump campaign figure to be charged, involved ‘multiple’ times both before and after his guilty plea, involved occasions ‘where either 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.’
The redacted document does not name Administration officials or lawmakers who took part.
It then includes six lines of redacted material.
His early cooperation was ‘particularly valuable,’ according to the letter, which was signed by Mueller.
The Mueller report mentioned outreach by one of Trump’s lawyers to Flynn’s team – and hints at the fury when Flynn’s lawyer made clear they were no longer on the same side.
President Trump fired Flynn after it was revealed he had lied about his Russia contacts during the transition
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is pushing for leniency toward Flynn due to his cooperation
‘On November 23, 2017, Flynn’s attorneys returned the call from the President’s personal Counsel to acknowledge receipt of the voicemail,’ the report says. ‘Flynn’s attorneys reiterated that they were no longer in a position to share information under any sort of privilege. According to Flynn ‘s attorneys, the President’s personal counsel was indignant and vocal in his disagreement.’
Flynn took part in 19 interviews as prosecutors investigated any links between Russians the President Trump or his team.
He helped with links between the Trump transition team and Russia, discussion within the campaign about WikiLeaks release of Democratic emails in the fall of 2016, and ‘potential efforts to interfere’ with the Mueller probe.
He also disclosed information about his own contacts with Russia’s former ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak. Flynn gave information on which Trump transition officials he spoke to before he was in contact with Kislyak, according to the filing.
It makes clear the importance of WikiLeaks to the probe, since it put out emails that a Russian ‘intelligence service stole during the campaign.’
Following the release of stolen DNC emails and emails from former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, Flynn provided information Trump campaign officials made about which ‘only a select few people were privy.’