InFiles Released by Mueller Confirm FBI Agents Did Not Think Flynn Lied
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 17, 2018,
Dec 17, 2018, 19:13
Flynn's lawyers had earlier cast doubt on the process by saying the agents who questioned Flynn never told him it was against the law to lie. They wrote in a filing that Flynn, a longtime intelligence officer, had been lying to administration officials and media about his contacts with the Russian ambassador for weeks before the Federal Bureau of Investigation called, then voluntarily met with them.
"Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the FBI", Mueller replied in the documents, ABC News reported.
Flynn, 60, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators on December 1, 2017 - the first high-ranking Trump adviser to agree to formally cooperate with the special counsel's probe.
According to that document, Strzok said Flynn made small talk about hotels and "the president's knack for interior design".
"A sitting National Security Advisor, former head of an intelligence agency, retired lieutenant general, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents", the memo says.
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".
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President Donald Trump's first national security adviser is asking for probation and community service in his false statements case stemming from the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.
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Another roughly $3.9 million was reported as costs for the work of other Justice and FBI officials who have assisted the investigation but are not under Mueller's direct control. If he wanted the White House counsel present, McCabe said, then he would "need to involve the Department of Justice".
"Flynn was alone and "relaxed and jocular", according to the Strzok document.
"Even when circumstances later came to light that prompted extensive public debate about the investigation of General Flynn, including revelations that certain FBI officials involved in the January 24 interview of General Flynn were themselves being investigated for misconduct, General Flynn did not back away from accepting responsibility for his actions", the defense team wrote.
Attorneys for Michael Flynn released a sentencing memo suggesting 200 hours of community service and no prison time, in return for his cooperation with the United States government's Russian Federation investigation.
The interview was arranged by the FBI deputy director at the time, Andrew McCabe, who was sacked later after internal FBI investigators found that he had not been forthcoming about authorizing discussions with a reporter about a pending investigation.
While Flynn's lawyers acknowledged he had made a "serious error in judgment" and "shown true contrition", he has an extended group of supporters who believe he's an American hero being unjustly prosecuted because of his association with Trump. 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.
The special counsel's office also notes that Flynn, who was previously a high-ranking national security official, should have been cognizant of what he was doing. Mr. Flynn agreed and offered to do an interview that day. Despite this, Mueller said he will not pursue a more painful punishment. Some already are demanding that President Trump pardon him and are outraged at the mishandling of his case.