Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Mueller Gives Flynn a Pass, Recommends No Jail Time

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is singing Michael Flynn's praises for spilling the beans on the Trump campaign/administration's dealings with Russia.

Beyond that, Mueller has kept the details to himself.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn provided "substantial assistance" in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, according to court papers filed Tuesday. 
Prosecutors described Flynn's cooperation with federal prosecutors in a sentencing memo filed by Mueller that offered few new details of the Russia probe. Citing the extent of Flynn's cooperation, Mueller's office said a sentence that includes no prison time is "appropriate and warranted."

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to a charge of lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump took office. 
The crime carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000, but his plea agreement says he's eligible for a sentence of six months or less and can request the court not to impose a fine.
Mueller's submission can be read here although it is heavily redacted. What remains boils down to - he was very helpful.


Jay Farquharson said...

Adam Silverman at Balloon Juice has mined the Twitters for the dirt.


Meuller’s far from done.

The Mound of Sound said...

Mueller's report notes that the Special Prosecutor can't reveal much of what Flynn said because it concerns other ongoing investigations.

I've added a link to the report but there's not much that isn't redacted.

Jay Farquharson said...

However Meuller’s non-redacted report is in the hands of a Federal Judge.

No defunding, no shutting down, no Whittaker.


“Here’s a key unredacted sentence in Robert Mueller’s memo: “[Flynn] assisted the [Special Counsel’s Office] investigation on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russia.” As a reminder, the head of the Trump transition team was a guy named Mike Pence. This brings us back to a story that we brought you nearly a year ago.

Back in December of 2017, we all learned that Robert Mueller had obtained all of the emails from every member of the Trump transition team. It was long ago established that when Michael Flynn was illegally conspiring with the Russian Ambassador to sabotage President Obama’s sanctions, he was keeping the transition team in the loop in real time. Yet Mike Pence, the official head of the transition team, went on to publicly claim in January that he had no knowledge of any Flynn contacts with Russia.

So either the entire transition team conspired to keep this information from Pence, or Pence was lying when he went on television and claimed that Michael Flynn hadn’t had any contact with the Russians. Does anyone realistically believe that the transition team unanimously decided to keep this information from Pence for some reason? Our guess is these emails incriminate Pence, and Flynn helped give Pence up. Mike Pence is in such deep shit tonight. There’s no other way to put it.”


The Mound of Sound said...

I agree that Pence is in Mueller's sights. Also remember Elijah Cummings letter to Pence about Flynn's lobbying that contradicts both Pence and Trump's claims months later that they knew nothing about it.

Next up, Don Jr. and Jared.

Jay Farquharson said...

Stone, Corsi, Assange,

probablty a bunch of lesser ReThugs like Nunes, Yurtle, some NRA folks,

Then Junior Trump,

Jarvanka will be next to last.

Last will be unindicted Coconspirator #1

Bill said...

The Helsinki Slinky and his spawn have been schooled and are going up the river.