Mueller’s of­fice says Flynn co-op­er­ated in Rus­sia probe

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WASH­ING­TON/NEW YORK — U.S. Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s of­fice said on Tues­day Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ex-na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn pro­vided “sub­stan­tial” co­op­er­a­tion with its probe into pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween Trump’s cam­paign team and Moscow.

Mueller’s of­fice said in a court fil­ing Flynn as­sisted with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “con­cern­ing links or co-or­di­na­tion be­tween the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment and in­di­vid­u­als as­so­ci­ated with the Trump cam­paign”.

Flynn also pro­vided “first-hand in­for­ma­tion about the con­tent and con­text of in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the tran­si­tion team and Rus­sian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials,” the fil­ing said.

Cit­ing 19 in­ter­views pro­vided by Flynn to it and other fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors, Mueller’s of­fice asked a fed­eral judge not to sen­tence him to prison.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Flynn also pro­vided help on other crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, al­though those de­tails were blacked out to keep in­for­ma­tion about on­go­ing probes se­cret.

David We­in­stein, a for­mer fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor, said the redacted por­tions likely pointed to im­pend­ing charges against oth­ers in Trump’s or­bit and raised doubts about spec­u­la­tion that Mueller was near­ing the end of his probe.

“It must re­late to other peo­ple who he be­lieves are in­volved in the over­all con­spir­acy or col­lu­sion that he is tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing,” We­in­stein said. “If he was al­most done there would have been vir­tu­ally noth­ing blacked out.”

Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, pleaded guilty in De­cem­ber 2017 to ly­ing to the FBI about his con­tacts with Rus­sia. He will be sen­tenced in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Columbia on De­cem­ber 18.

He is so far the only mem­ber of Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to plead guilty to a crime un­cov­ered dur­ing Mueller’s wide-rang­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian at­tempts to in­flu­ence the 2016 U.S. elec­tion and po­ten­tial col­lu­sion by Trump aides.

Mueller’s probe, which could threaten Trump’s pres­i­dency, has al­ready en­snared 32 in­di­vid­u­als and three Rus­sian firms. He is ex­pected to is­sue a re­port on his find­ings pos­si­bly some time next year.

Oth­ers charged by Mueller in­clude Trump’s for­mer cam­paign man­ager Paul Manafort and cam­paign deputy Rick Gates, as well as Trump’s for­mer per­sonal lawyer Michael Co­hen, who pleaded guilty last week to ly­ing to Congress about a pro­posed Trump sky­scraper in Moscow. Moscow de­nies med­dling in the elec­tions.

Adam Schiff, the top Demo­crat on the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, which is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian col­lu­sion, said the memo in­di­cated Flynn had pro­vided a sig­nif­i­cant boost to Mueller’s probe.

Flynn, a re­tired army gen­eral, was forced to re­sign as na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser in Fe­bru­ary 2017 af­ter he was found to have mis­led Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence about dis­cus­sions he had with Rus­sia’s then-am­bas­sador, Sergei Kislyak. — Reuters.

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