Mueller's office denies Federal Bureau of Investigation tricked Flynn

Mueller's office denies Federal Bureau of Investigation tricked Flynn

The office of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III rejected Michael Flynn's legal team's suggestion that the former national security advisor was tricked into lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a crime that he pleaded guilty to a year ago.

On Tuesday, Flynn's lawyers submitted a court filing in which they questioned the FBI's tactics in arranging and conducting the interview with Flynn. It also suggested that agents discouraged him from having a lawyer present.

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The memo from prosecutors mentioned that Flynn has met with Mueller's team 19 times and Tuesday's memo from Flynn's lawyers expanded on the extent of his cooperation.

Wallace noted that this wasn't just a "one-off" because Flynn was lying for weeks before the interview, saying "there's certainly a pattern here".

According to the federal statute governing special counsel investigations, "the Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies".

Flynn told investigators that he did not discussion sanctions relief in discussions or other foreign-policy concerns in conversations he had with Sergey Kislyak, the-then Russian ambassador to the USA, during the transition period.

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Though Flynn's supporters have seized on the fact that the FBI agents who questioned him did not detect signs of deception during the interview, prosecutors say that doesn't change the fact "that he was indeed lying, and knowingly made false statements to FBI agents in a national security investigation".

In a memo submitted to the court on December 11, Flynn's lawyers explain that then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe called Flynn on a secure phone to the White House on January 24. They're citing former military officials, including General Jack Keane - retired General Jack Keane, who claims that Flynn basically revolutionized how intelligence was used in the post-9/11 wars and that he deserves no jail time when he is sentenced next week.

"As the Government has made clear, his cooperation was not grudging or delayed", said the memo written by attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony.

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Washington in September and faces sentencing in a separate case in Virginia, where he was convicted of eight felony counts related to his efforts to hide millions of dollars he earned from Ukrainian political consulting from the IRS.

The FBI, diGenova said, "knew it was legal - they wanted to frame him - and they succeeded".

According to McCabe's memo, Flynn knew going into the White House interview that his conversations with Kislyak would be a topic of conversation.

Since his guilty plea a year ago, Flynn has stayed largely out of the public eye and refrained from discussing the Russian Federation investigation despite encouragement from his supporters to take an aggressive stance. "He has cooperated extensively with several Department of Justice investigations", and did so before his guilty plea, the lawyers said.

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