The memo details the unusual circumstances of the FBI interview that led to the charge against Flynn, including that it was suggested to not have a lawyer present and that he wasn't instructed that lying to the FBI is a federal offense. "He has cooperated extensively with several Department of Justice investigations", and did so before his guilty plea, the lawyers said. Comey said this week the Russian Federation investigation was in its early stages, so he made a decision to send the agents to speak with Flynn in a low-key manner. Cohen, who as Trump's personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would "take a bullet" for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.
The federal judge overseeing former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's criminal case is demanding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller turn over all of the government's documents related to Flynn's questioning by 3:00 p.m. EST Friday.
A Georgetown University law professor said Thursday the FBI's handling of the Michael Flynn case is perplexing to the point he believes it was a "canned hunt" and Flynn was simply captured and shot.
"This thing really gives you pause", Turley told Fox News. "And that prosecutors recommended Flynn not serve any jail time because, 'they're embarrassed.' They're not". As described in the Addendum, shortly after the SCO reached out to the defendant to seek his cooperation, the defendant accepted responsibility for his unlawful conduct and began cooperating with the government.
The memo also focused on the FBI agents who had interviewed Flynn in the White House last year: Andrew G. McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, and Peter Strzok, a senior counterintelligence agent, both fired from the Bureau by Trump earlier this year. Then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who had arranged the interview but wasn't present for it, was sacked for what the Justice Department called a lack of candor involving a media leak.
Flynn spoke with the special counsel's office and other investigators 19 times, for a total of approximately 62 hours and 45 minutes, the filing notes. The letters detailed multiple instances in which Flynn saved the lives of others, such as in 1983 during the US invasion of Grenada, where he jumped off a 40-foot cliff and rescued two USA servicemen swept out to sea.
As part of his plea agreement, Flynn agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. A judge gave Manafort until January 7 to respond to prosecutors' claims that he misled them about his interactions with an associate who they say has ties to Russian intelligence and with Trump administration officials.
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