Special counsel Robert Mueller's glowing performance review of star witness and former national security advisor Michael Flynn
One lengthy section, almost entirely blacked out, points to a separate and unspecified "criminal investigation" in which Flynn had "provided substantial assistance" to investigators.
19659003] "Mueller still has many more revelations to drop, and they're going to land hard," former federal prosecutor Elie Honey wrote in a CNN op-ed about the memo.
White-collar attorney Sol Wisenberg, who was Bill and Hillary Clinton, said on Fox News that "the memo itself is a child of a dud," but only because "all the good stuff is redacted."
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to join the FBI about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US Flynn spoke to Kislyak during the presidential transition period on sanctions slapped on Russia by President Barack Obama in December 2016, in retaliation for that country's attempts to interfere with the U.S. Presidential election.
Flynn was alleged to have committed, as a result of false statements in documents retroactively filed when registering as a foreign agent for Turkey. Others believed there were more charges that had been made against Flynn in Tuesday's sentencing memo.
"Flynn has been charged with additional charges." it really brought something valuable to the table, "former US Attorney Joyce Vance said Wednesday morning on MSNBC.
Lying to the FBI carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. But Flynn's plea agreement with Mueller says he is eligible for a six-month barbarity sentence.
Before the memo was made public, Professor David Shapiro at John Jay College of Criminal Justice said he would be looking to see why Flynn's plea deal gave that lenient sentencing range. "Shapiro said in an email. "Where's the beef?"
After reading the Tuesday night filing, Shapiro said, "It overwhelmingly compels the conclusion that more comes to come" from Mueller.
Not everyone viewed the sentencing memo as an hors d ' ouevre on Mueller's full menu of criminal discoveries.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York Mayor who is currently representing Trump in the Mueller test, reportedly a text to a politico reporter appearing to derisively suggest that the filing produced nothing of value.
Rudy Giuliani via text to
Politico On Tonight's Flynn Filing: "Wow Big Crime For A SPECIAL WHATEVER Maybe A Group Of Angry Bitter Hillary Supporters who are justifying themselves by the goal justifies the means …. Over the top In ethical behavior.
Flynn's lawyers will file their own version of the sentencing memo by Dec. 11, followed by a reply three days later on Dec. 14.
The favorable treatment received from Mueller in the memo contrasts sharply with the special counsel recent revelation that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, had a song to investigators after striking his own plea deal. Manafort was convicted in August on eight criminal counts related to work he did for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine years before joining Trump's campaign. Mueller in September, just before his second trial began.
Mueller is expected to file another court document this week in connection with ex-trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Another of Trump's former associates, Michael Cohen, last week that he lied to Congress about Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, has cooperated with Mueller's team in seven separate interviews reportedly totaling 70 hours of participation. He is expected to be sentenced on Dec. 12.
But while those matters are among the recent developments to be made public in the Mueller test, it's not likely that Flynn had dished to the special counsel about them in particular, according to David Weinstein, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office in Miami.
"There is more to come."
"The cooperation does not appear to be against Manafort or Cohen or it would have been blacked out," said Weinstein of the sentencing memo. 19659003] Download the sentencing memo here.