Mueller Reports Michael Flynn is Singing Like a Canary

For first time prosecutors connect President Trump to a federal crime

In the United States, Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in charge of the Russian Federation election meddling probe, has recommended that President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn face no jail time due to his "substantial" cooperation with the investigation.

The documents, consisting of a sentencing recommendation and a partially redacted addendum to protect ongoing investigations, state that Flynn was an important cooperator after Mueller's team reached a plea deal with the former lieutenant general, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in December 2017.

Cohen said in the court filing that he, with Trump's knowledge, had pursued a Moscow building project with Russian government officials well into the presidential campaign.

According to later congressional testimony, acting interim attorney general Sally Yates warned the administration that Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation made him susceptible to blackmail, while former FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump pressured him to refrain from investigating Flynn.

According to court papers, in mid-December 2016, Kushner directed Flynn to reach out to several countries, including Russian Federation, about a UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements.

America may get its most intimate look yet inside Robert Mueller's secretive Russian Federation investigation in the next four days, with a series of disclosures that have the potential to be greatly damaging for President Donald Trump. He is due to be sentenced on December 12 after pleading guilty to charges brought by prosecutors in NY including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

When confronted by FBI agents about the conversations, court papers say Flynn made "material false statements and omissions", which impeded what was then an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

David Berger, a partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, said Mueller was sending an important message to Cohen and other cooperators by supporting Flynn and coming down hard on Manafort, who could now face the rest of his life in prison.




"Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time". Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

Earlier this week, Mr Trump lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up "stories" to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress. Asked if he would provide prosecutors information about Trump in return for leniency, Cohen replied, "I put family and country first". His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. Trump has also said he himself did nothing wrong in those real estate dealings.

Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2016.

The submission by Cohen's lawyers made it apparent that Cohen has no plans to waffle, as Manafort allegedly did - he is all-in on cooperating with the government.

He was caught out for lying, but by telling the truth to the special counsel since then, Michael Flynn may avoid jail time. Nice to know that some people still have "guts!"'

"At the time, the defendant was a national security advisor and surrogate for the Trump campaign who opined publicly on foreign policy and national security issues", the sentencing memorandum noted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) has repeatedly called on President Trump (right) to hand over cleric Fethullah Gulen - a Pennsylvania resident who he believes was behind a failed coup in 2016.

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