Special counsel slams Michael Flynn's criticism of Federal Bureau of Investigation interview

Special counsel slams Michael Flynn's criticism of Federal Bureau of Investigation interview

Kerry Wise
December 17, 2018

According to their filing, Flynn was not warned of the consequences of lying to the agents before his interview.

Lawyers for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn will make a sentencing recommendation in a court filing due by the end of the day, while Paul Manafort's defense team is expected to argue that the ex-Trump campaign chairman never intentionally lied to prosecutors.

Trump took aim at the cost of the investigation last month, offering a grab-bag of different numbers Mueller had allegedly spent, untethered to the facts.

Citing the media reports, McCabe said agents wanted to speak to Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials. He faces up to six monthsin prison when he is sentenced on December 18.

Flynn's demeanor, however, was so assured in their interview that Flynn did not appear to them, in the moment, to be deceiving them, the memo states. Both McCabe and Strzok were fired, just as Flynn was forced out of the White House under circumstances that remain murky. "The interview was voluntary, and lacked any indicia of coercion".

"On Jan. 12, 2017, The Washington Post published a story asserting that the defendant had spoken with the Russian ambassador on Dec29, 2016, the day the United States announced sanctions and other measures against Russia in response to that government's actions meant to interfere with the 2016 election". He'll be the first official in President Donald Trump's administration to be sentenced in the case. The notes paint a portrait of a strikingly relaxed and informal conversation, with Strzok in his interview noting how he had walked past Trump and some movers discussing where to place artwork in the White House.

"They're not changing the admission that he was lying, but they are saying there are mitigating factors", Solomon Wisenberg, who served as deputy independent counsel in the Ken Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton, told ABC News Thursday.

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Mueller added: "Those officials then repeated the defendant's false statements on national television". When the defendant said he did not remember something they knew he said, they used the exact words the defendant had used in order to prompt a truthful response.

His comments come in response to a filing by Flynn's lawyers on Tuesday in which they discussed the January 2017 interview between Flynn and a pair of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Flynn is the only Trump administration official to plead guilty to a crime connected to Mueller's sprawling probe into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US election.

Defense lawyers are expected to echo arguments from special counsel Robert Mueller's office that Flynn has been so cooperative with investigators, meeting with them 19 times, that he is entitled to avoid prison when he is sentenced next week. His obligation to be truthful "did not turn on hte presence of counsel". He made the same "materially false statements" pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Yates met with then-White House Counsel Don McGahn the following day to discuss the matter again, she later testified in front of Congress, and on January 30, she called McGahn to invite him to the Justice Department to review the underlying evidence showing Flynn had made false statements.

Hillary continues to skate free, unbothered by the FBI or any federal agency for the dirty things she and the Obama administration's injustice department did during the 2016 election to try to defeat Donald Trump.

In closing, Mueller said that the seriousness of the offense "cannot be called into question, and the Court should reject his attempt to minimize it".