Special counsel Robert Mueller’s glowing performance review of star witness and former national security advisor Michael Flynn suggests there are more shoes to drop in the ongoing probe of Russian election interference.
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 from the government three days later on Dec. 14.
The favorable treatment Flynn received from Mueller in the memo contrasts sharply with the special counsel’s recent revelation that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, had lied 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. He pleaded guilty to other charges lodged by Mueller in September, just before his second trial began.
Mueller is expected to file another court document later this week in connection with ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Another of Trump’s former associates, Michael Cohen, admitted last week that he lied to Congress about an aborted plan to build a 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 probe, 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 U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.
“The cooperation does not appear to be against Manafort or Cohen or it wouldn’t have been blacked out,” Weinstein said of the sentencing memo.
“There is more to come.”
Download the sentencing memo here.