The Latest Developments Involving Manafort And Flynn In Mueller's Investigation

Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington

US President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn does not deserve jail for lying about his contacts with Russians after Trump's 2016 election win, his lawyers argued in a memorandum on Tuesday.

The special counsel investigating whether Trump's 2016 Republican presidential campaign coordinated with Russian Federation has said Flynn was so helpful that he was entitled to avoid time behind bars, even though sentencing guidelines recommend up to six months in prison. McCabe asked Flynn if he could send in a few agents to speak with him about "his communications with Russian representatives".

But prosecutors with Mueller's office rejected those arguments.

The federal judge in retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's case has ordered that documents related to Flynn's 2017 FBI interview be turned over by the government for his review, just days before Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced for lying to the FBI. The two agents also never warned Flynn at any time during this interview he'd be liable for criminal penalties if he lied to them at any point.

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.

One of the agents who interviewed Flynn was Peter Strzok, the FBI senior counter-intelligence agent who disparaged Trump in inflammatory text messages and helped oversee the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as the Russian Federation inquiry in its early months.

Flynn's likely sentence is between zero and six months in prison.

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"The FBI said he didn't lie and they overrode the FBI", Trump tweeted. Flynn will next week become the first White House official punished as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation. Seven people have pleaded guilty to various charges, including President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

"Flynn was alone and "relaxed and jocular", according to the Strzok document.

According to that document, Strzok said Flynn made small talk about hotels and "the president's knack for interior design". The closest he's gotten to commenting on his case was in a campaign appearance for an ultimately unsuccessful Republican congressional candidate in California earlier this year, telling the crowd he wasn't there "to complain about who has done me wrong or how unfair I've been treated or how unfair the entire process has been". Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his fury over the recusal from the investigation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. McCabe said that if Mr. Flynn felt he needed counsel present, he'd need to involve the Department of Justice.

Flynn, however, agreed to be interviewed alone. "The defendant undoubtedly was aware, in light of his "many years" working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation carries serious consequences".

According to the memo, Flynn acknowledged to McCabe he "probably knew what was said" - suggesting he might have been aware his phone calls with the Russian diplomat would be intercepted by intelligence officials - and questioned how so much information about his calls had been made public.

The defendants, their fortunes sliding in opposite directions, represent starkly different paths in Mueller's investigation - a model cooperator on one end and, prosecutors say, a dishonest and resistant witness on the other.

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