Prosecutors: Flynn Told Mueller About Efforts to Obstruct Probe

Prosecutors: Flynn Told Mueller About Efforts to Obstruct Probe

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told investigators that people linked to President Donald Trump's administration and Congress contacted him in an effort to interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to a filing unsealed in federal court Thursday.

Prosecutors did not identify the people with whom Flynn was in touch nor did they describe the exact conversations. "And you would have thought it would have, and they would have maybe focused on that, but it didn't come up at all", said Flynn's brother.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is overseeing Flynn's case, further ordered the government to disclose transcripts of the voicemail recording and of Flynn's conversations with Russian officials by May 31, and an unredacted version of the sections of Mueller's report relating to Flynn.

"In some of those instances, the (Special Counsel's Office) was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it" by Flynn, the newly unsealed court record from the Justice Department said. The information includes details on Flynn's communications with Russians and exposes efforts by those close the president to thwart the investigation. Even some prosecutors who worked for Mueller claimed the attorney general did not adequately represent their findings, telling associates the report was more damning for Trump than Barr indicated.

According to the documents, Flynn even provided a voicemail recording of one such contact.

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Mueller did say Trump's personal lawyer called Flynn's attorney in November 2017 to address Flynn's decision to cooperate with the investigation.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador in Washington, about US sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

He also directed them to file publicly the transcripts of any calls with Russian officials such as the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. 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". But after a judge sharply criticized Flynn during his sentencing hearing, Flynn asked for that reckoning to be postponed so that he could continue cooperating with prosecutors and reduce the likelihood of spending time behind bars. Flynn was scheduled for sentencing in December 2018, but the judge suspended the date until his cooperation with prosecutors had ended.

Investigators said Flynn's 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]".

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.

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