Michael Flynn cooperation ‘substantial,’ Robert Mueller says
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has provided “substantial assistance,” according to court filings Tuesday.
As a result of his assistance, special counsel Robert Mueller asked that Flynn serve no jail time for pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
“Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline rangeincluding a sentence that does not impose a term of incarcerationis appropriate and warranted,” wrote Brandon L. Van Grack, an attorney with Mueller’s team.
The revelations were disclosed in a sentencing memorandum detailing to a federal judge how valuable Mr. Flynn has been to the Russia probe. Mr. Flynn is expected to sentenced December 18, a little more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contact Russian government officials on behalf of President Trump.
The first high-ranking Trump adviser to agree to cooperate with the special counsel’s office, Flynn faces as much as six months in prison, but could he could also receive probation.
Flynn’s false statement charge stems from a January 2017 interview with the FBI about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States. The two talked via phone about easing sanctions the Obama Administration imposed on Russia.
Mr. Kislyak and Flynn also discussed influencing foreign government votes on a United Nations resolution about Israeli settlements, according to court documents.
Flynn said members of Trump’s inner circle, including son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, at times, directed his actions in the weeks before Mr. Trump was inaugurated, plea documents revealed.
In February 2017, Flynn resigned from his position after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials warned the Trump White House about Flynn’s false statements. The White House said Flynn misled officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about this conversations with Kisylak.