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Mueller Says Flynn’s Been Cooperative with Russian Investigation, Asks for Light Sentence

Snitches get a slap on the wrist sometimes.

Michael FlynnCarlos Barria/REUTERS/NewscomMichael Flynn, the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, has provided so much assistance to the Department of Justice's investigations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is recommending a light sentence for Flynn for lying to the FBI about his connections with Russia.

Flynn has previously pleaded guilty to concealing conversations with a Russian ambassador in December 2016 about responses to U.S. sanctions against Russia. He also concealed ties with the government of Turkey and its campaign to influence public opinion to lay the blame on a failed coup attempt there on cleric Fethullah Gulen. All of this was part of an attempt to extradite Gulen from the United States to Turkey.

According to a sentencing memo released last night from Mueller's office, Flynn has since been extremely cooperative with the federal government, participating in 19 separate interviews for multiple ongoing investigations. And because the investigations are ongoing, much of the explanation of the recommendation is redacted. But Flynn's cooperation is valuable enough that Mueller has recommended a sentence on the "low end of the guideline range"—including the possibility of no prison sentence at all. The recommended guideline range for a sentence for Flynn's crime is from zero to six months.

There will be a lot of overanalysis of what these memos mean (check out this almost comically absurd megaparsing of a sentence about holding senior government leaders to the "highest of standards," as though Mueller's using a sentencing memo to essentially subtweet Trump).

There are a couple of things worth noting in the redacted sections. First, a whole chunk of redacted text details Flynn's assistance in an investigation wholly unconnected to the attempt to determine the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and whether anybody in Trump's campaign assisted. This criminal investigation does not appear to be part of Mueller's work. We don't know what it is because it's completely redacted, but it could be connected to Flynn's ties with Turkey and any potential investigation about their efforts to get at Gulen. Regardless, contextually, that section is very clearly not about the Russian investigation.

But in the section of the Russian investigation, there are parts also redacted that describe useful assistance on something that appears to be unconnected to the stuff about Flynn that we already know. There are several paragraphs blacked out about information that is above and beyond his conversations with the Russian ambassador that fateful December.

There's not a whole lot here, but then people shouldn't have been expecting a whole lot here, and perhaps people should not be either overly excited nor overly dismissive of the memo's contents. The real fireworks may be coming on Friday, though. That's when Mueller is expected to release some of the details as to the lies Paul Manafort has been accused of feeding the FBI even after he agreed to cooperate as part of a plea deal. The lies may be connected to the Russian investigation, but given the extent of the charges and tax fraud Manafort has been convicted of, it could be a completely unrelated matter.

Photo Credit: Carlos Barria/REUTERS/Newscom

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Trump's going down this time, for sure.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    Friday at the latest.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    I expect Putin's Puppet to be out of office at some point in the second half of 2019.

    Then, if we're lucky, we'll get President Hillary Clinton like we should have had all along.

    #StillWithHer
    #TrumpRussia
    #ItsMuellerTime

  • SIV||

    #Jeb!

  • Cynical Asshole||

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    That article was a fucking riot. The funniest part was the link to another article:

    Related: Hillary Clinton losing to Trump was like Jesus's crucifixion

    Yep, apparently these dipshits thought that Queen Hillary's failure to ascend to her rightful place on the throne was the equivalent of Jesus being crucified for all mankind's sins.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    In your depiction, are the dipshits the ones who thought Hillary should be president or the ones who (claim to) believe fairy tales are true?

  • TuIpa||

    Yes.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Going down on Putin?

  • Tony||

    He'd have to if Putin were to request it.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Why would Trump do something that Hillary has already done?

    Its why the presidency is perfect for Trump. Hillary never did that.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Any second now!

  • colorblindkid||

    Trump's presidency is what Bill Clinton's should have been like, if every single journalist in the country wasn't a Democrat.

    In 1996, Chinese nationals were caught illegally funneling millions into Democrat campaigns, and it involved some very close associates of Al Gore. Clinton refused to appoint an independent counsel despite his FBI director demanding one. We never got to te bottom of it. There was far more evidence of "collusion" between a hostile foreign government and American politicians there than here, yet nobody even remembers it happening.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I think what the Clinton foundation did dwarfed the Chinese campaign funding scandal.

  • colorblindkid||

    I agree. The foundation was getting "gifts" from theocratic dictators WHILE Hillary was Secretary of State!

  • SIV||

    Gifts from corporations facing State Dept. sanctions too.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    FAKE SCANDAL

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    FAKE NEWS

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    FAKE FAKENESS

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    FAKE NEWSY FAKENESS ALL THE WAY DOWN

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I think what the Clinton foundation did dwarfed the Chinese campaign funding scandal.

    Probably by at least an order of magnitude.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Dont forget the Chinese Intel community successfully infiltrated Diane Feinstein's staff as a driver.

    Lefties dismiss this, but why would the Chinese spend time and money to plant a driver on an Intelligence Senate Committee member?

    Because they conduct business in their car.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Why would the Chinese need to spy on Feinstein? I thought it was established she was squarely on their side in the 90s.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    To double check that the information she was giving them is accurate.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    To get it firsthand from people talking to Feinstein and did not know that they were being listened to by Chinese spies?

  • Eddy||

    I was trying to come up with the world's most offensive "Driving Miss Daisy" joke, but I figured the Asian Students Association would kick me offstage.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Oh come on, none of us are even allowed in most buildings let alone on stages.

  • Fats of Fury||

    Feinstein must have been in on it. Who in their right mind would hire an oriental driver?

  • Idle Hands||

    How the fuck can people think Trump is a bumbling idiot who can't keep his mouth shut for like 10 seconds and also think he's capable of keeping up a secret relationship with putin. If their was true blue collusion Trump would have already bragged about how great his and putin's relationship is and pointed to the collusion as proof of his prowess as a deal maker and leader.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    To Lefties, it's fantasy or admitting Hillary lost because she was a scumbag who deserved to lose the election.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Hillary won by 3 million votes. She got more votes than any white male candidate in history. And she deserved every one of them since she was the most qualified candidate in history.

  • KevinP||

    She got more votes than any white male candidate in history.

    LOL, good one. In fact, she even got more votes than George Washington in both of his elections!

  • BYODB||

    So, you're saying we can safely blame Hillary for Trump. Good one, sock.

  • BYODB||

    If a record number of people voted for Trump purely to vote against Hillary, than Trump would not have won if Hillary had not been the DNC candidate. Try again Hihn.

  • Fats of Fury||

    Yes Virginia, there is a real Arthur Spooner.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Reel it in a bit. This is where we see the narrow-chested libertarian behind the curtain rod.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    OBL is the type of guy to always spend the night after successful completion of the affirmative consent form.
    #StillWithHer

  • Yellow Tony||

    Jesus. Take these, please.

  • TuIpa||

    It's big of you to admit your failings like that.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Hihn - Nolan = 0

  • BYODB||

    And Hillary Clinton, through a law firm, hired a former British spy to collude with the Russians to get dirt on her opponent while taking donations from god-knows-where. Why the selective outrage?

    Take your meds!

  • BYODB||

    Well, I do agree that you are probably a loser since there is indeed absolute proof of Hillary's 'collusion' when using the Trump standard, which you deny simply by assertion. Adorable.

    If there's 'absolute proof' of Trump's 'collusion' you might try explaining how it could be that he is not only still in office but that the investigation is looking like it could take his entire first term as President to get such bad evidence that it hasn't resulted in an impeachment yet?

    It must be because the entire bureaucracy is friendly to Trump, despite all appearances to the contrary eh?

    I'm no fan of Trump, but I'm also not a patent lunatic like you.

  • BYODB||


    WHAT SPIES DO IS NOT CALLED COLLUSION! ... WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE "SPYING"

    So, in your view MI-6 spies report to Hillary Clinton? An interesting take. Care to double down?

  • The Last American Hero||

    So why doesn't the FBI just charge him, and dispense with Mueller burning through millions of taxpayer dough?

  • lafe.long||

    I hardly think that Don Jr's e-mails are "ABSOLUTE PROOF" of anything.

    Gladstone (not a russian) approached Don Jr with possible dirt on Hillary (allegedly from a russian source). Fine.

    Jr's reply: "Really? Hmm.. I might have to get back to you on that." That's it.

    Which is part of why he posted it (and never bothered to take it down), and why IIRC, Trump tweeted about it at the time ("Crooked Hillary", etc)

    There is no evidence or proof of any meeting taking place in the e-mails, and no evidence or proof of any meeting with russians ever being scheduled or having taken place.

    If any info was exchanged, don't you think the Trumps would have used it against Hillary?
    Further, any actual dirt on Hillary's dealings with russians from the russians themselves that the Trumps "may" have gotten, would simply be ignored if they tried to use it- because, as we've seen, no one seems cares to about that.

    Also, if the e-mails were "ABSOLUTE PROOF" as you seem to think, don't you think the FBI would've had it removed from twitter a long time ago?

    As far as anything else, who knows? I don't give a fuck about any politicians - they're ALL crooked.

  • wreckinball||

    This is what we worry about? All Mueller has been doing is setting perjury traps, when they go off he tries to get the person caught in the trap to say something anything about Trump.

    Meanwhile ignoring actual Hillary/DNC /Russian collusion. And collusion sounds a lot like campaigning. If its illegal he should't be ignoring the Ds. If its not just quit seriously.

  • BYODB||

    They use a different yard stick to measure 'collusion' when talking about Trump and Clinton, and it's obvious to anyone with critical thinking. One can thusly infer that most Americans, and possibly most humans, do not possess critical thinking.

  • BYODB||

    I'd like to hear how getting information on political enemies from the Krelin isn't collusion using the measures applied to Trump, but then again you're a sock puppet for a lunatic so really it's mostly for my own personal entertainment that I ask.

  • BYODB||

    You're so unhinged you literally don't even understand my point, and continue to publicly masturbate to 'absolute proof' that, while it's on open display to literally anyone in the world, has still not ended up with an impeachment.

    The reason why we call you a sock is because we literally all know that you are a sock. You and Hihn are the same person. And even Hihn is a sock, so it's really anyone's guess what asylum you escaped from.

    As far as I know, Steele is not a spy nor was he a spy at the time he bought information from the Russian government. For the express purpose of giving that information to Hillary Clinton. To influence the election.

    Moron. Note that I don't even think what Hillary did was collusion. What I'm saying is that if you applied the standard being used for Trump to have committed 'collusion' (notably not an actual crime anyway) that she would be guilty.

    That's what happens when you start an inquisition. Oh, and by the by what was the criminal statute used to appoint a special prosecutor again? Or do you even understand the question or why it might be important?

  • BYODB||

    It's already been proven, in fact it's the evidence used to try and prove that Trump did the colluding. No one seriously denies that the Clinton campaign and the DNC bought information off Steele that was literally provided by the Russian government. If they had that kind of proof regarding Trump for doing the same thing he would likely be impeached by now.

  • BYODB||

    Steele was not and is not a spy. That's why literally everyone in the world refers to him as an ex-spy. He was an ex-spy at the time he working for Fusion GPS. He was an ex-spy when he was hired to go dig up dirt, and buy dirt, off Russian officials.

    Sure, maybe he was still a spy. Maybe. But that would run counter to every scrap of information that is currently public and is utterly indefensible with any evidence you'd care to cite.

  • BYODB||


    And collusion is NOT a crime. Note even a legal term!

    LOL, so Trump is innocent after all. Way to torpedo your own battleship genius.

  • BYODB||

    As you yourself have said, it can't be proof of conspiracy because the investigation isn't over yet.

    You should probably stop pissing yourself though. It's not making you look any saner than your bat shit rambling.

  • BYODB||


    COLLUSION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MUELLER'S APPOINTMENT.

    You yourself mentioned this isn't a crime, so what was the criminal statute used to justify the appointment of a special council with the broadest mandate ever in American history?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    So, why would Mueller request no jail time for a co-conspirator to help Russians steal election 2016?

    Because it did not happen.

    I saw this Mueller sentencing report last night and laughed my ass off.

    The Lefties are crying today but have to support Mueller in his decisions because they put all their balls in Mueller's ball sack.

    The sum of Mueller's failure is pleas for perjury traps and tax evasion by some Washington insiders during the Obama administration period. Including Flynn who Obama picked for DIA director.

  • Yellow Tony||

    they put all their balls in Mueller's ball sack.
    So, Mueller cut a hole into his scrotum, and the ignoramuses of liberal persuasion did the same, but they subsequently dumped their testes into Mueller's spunk factory. This makes sense, but what did the women do? Did they deposit their eggs into Mueller's sack too?
    These questions must be answered.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    You cant tell me that Hillary Clinton does not have balls that can be added to the sack.

    She wears underwear with dick holes in them for a reason.

  • Yellow Tony||

    But I said, "women." Naturally this precludes hill-dog's inclusion.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    What did Mueller end up doing in your dimension?

  • Yellow Tony||

    Probably practicing law somewhere. The FBI was disbanded.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    If people would only stop practicing law and actually start doing it, we might have a more just world.

  • Yellow Tony||

    But Chipper, a lot of laws are shit.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    True that.

  • The Last American Hero||

    1 - The comment of someone who is apparently unaware of people pleading down all the time, even when innocent.

    2 - Is there a point where the administration is allowed to talk to Russia?

    3 - Fishing expedition. You can't investigate for 18 months and not have any scalps to show for it. See Bill Clinton perjury over BJ's and Scooter Libby taking the fall when everyone knew it wasn't him.

    4 - Mueller is now also a judge and an elected executive with pardon powers?

  • TuIpa||

    Lol you don't inderstand anything. 100% chance of slap on the wrist is better than 20% chance of life in prison.

    I love how you make yourself look stupid and don't even understand why!

  • Yellow Tony||

    Years later and I still don't care.
    As an aside, people were talking about Fist's whereabouts in the roundup, but where the fuck has Citizen been?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Fist is mourning Bush today. Citizen Crusty popped in yesterday.

  • Yellow Tony||

    Fist is mourning Bush today.
    He's some decades too late. He should consider going to Japan. They still have the good stuff growing on their women.
    Citizen Crusty popped in yesterday.
    Nice. This makes me happy.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    You and BUCS would get along. I can't stand Japanese porn.

  • Yellow Tony||

    I don't he likes it either due to the rapey tendencies.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I can't stand Japanese porn.

    What, pixelated dicks and vaginas don't get you hot?

    Or, is that just what Japanese dicks and vaginas look like normally?

  • Azathoth!!||

    Is this show still on?

    Who the hell keeps approving this? It never goes anywhere. We get this huge build up, all the media chime in about how ginormous the next episode will be, and pppfffffhht. Nothing. And as soon as it's over--"On the next episode, Mueller's REALLY gonna do it!"

    It's as if Lost had just stayed on the air, with a reportermob gushing over every new cliffhanger, while people were caching the mountains of porn that are about to disappear from tumblr instead of paying attention to who's the bad guy this week!

  • Yellow Tony||

    Americans love being blueballed.

  • The Last American Hero||

    I'm starting to think the A-Team was a documentary.

  • itsjustbob||

    "Mueller has recommended a sentence on the "low end of the guideline range"—including the possibility of no prison sentence at all."

    Maybe because he did not really break any laws, but he had to be destroyed so Mueller can claim victory?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Michael Flynn ... has provided so much assistance to the Department of Justice's investigations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is recommending a light sentence for Flynn for lying to the FBI about his connections with Russia.

    Not surprising at all, given that the lying to the FBI charge was all about gaining leverage to make him talk anyway.

    There's not a whole lot here, but then people shouldn't have been expecting a whole lot here, and perhaps people should not be either overly excited nor overly dismissive of the memo's contents.

    Yet that won't stop the media from pretending that this is a Big Fucking Deal, and that surely this means that Mueller's going to drop the hammer on "Orange Hitler" any day now.

  • BYODB||

    Public high school kids aren't taught more than a half-semester of civics, government, or economics last I checked so no they can not answer that question without access to Wikipedia.

  • BYODB||

    I haven't blown a single thing other than a single misspelling of 'Kremlin', you've made the claim that Steele was still a spy when receiving information from Russian government sources that he was handing off to Hillary Clinton. Notably, she was a private citizen at the time and so was he. Therefore, if you apply the standard being used for Trump she colluded with Russia to influence the election you immense retard.

    And the point isn't that Hillary colluded with Russia, it's that the measure being used for Trump is patent bullshit.

  • BYODB||

    I'm not the one making claims, I'm pointing out the inherently flawed logic in your own claims. So far you've pissed yourself and spit coffee on your own computer, I'm curious if we can get you to shit in your own mouth before the end of the day.

  • Nardz||

    Pat Mahomes dropped the hammer on Orange Hitler last weekend.
    Now we need a miracle to win the division and make the playoffs...

  • Social Justice is neither||

    Apparently Scott is new to journalism.

    When has a Friday been the day you dump explosive positive news? All I see with the Manifort announcement is a non-event as it relates the the Mueller investigative charge.

  • BYODB||

    Social Justice is absolutely correct that Friday dumps are where you put things that you don't want anyone to notice. That is the conventional wisdom of just about everyone, including actual journalists and educators.

  • BYODB||

    No one knows why you do anything Hihn, but we all suspect that it's because of mental illness.

  • TuIpa||

    At this point it's more than suspicion.

  • Rich||

    Mueller is recommending a light sentence for Flynn for lying to the FBI about his connections with Russia.

    Writing "I must not lie to the FBI" a hundred times? Forty years in Siberia?

  • The Last American Hero||

    The last guy got 2 weeks. So I expect a week.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I still wonder why the evil mastermind Putin went to the trouble of rigging the 2016 election, and then ignored the 2018 election. Allowing the Democrats to take back the House reduces the effectiveness of the president he supposedly installed.

    In fact, installing Trump doesn't seem to have profited Putin in any way.

  • Tony||

    As far as anyone knows, he didn't rig anything but the brains of morons via such means as Facebook. Trump is just so terrible that his terribleness--and the fact that Democrats had no power anywhere--ensured that midterm voters would react the way they did. Don't be daft.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    In other words, the "Russian collusion" story is bullshit.

  • Tony||

    Are you even paying attention to what's going on in the immediate vicinity of planet earth right now?

  • Eddy||

    Your best comment so far.

  • Social Justice is neither||

    at least the most coherent and sane.

  • Tony||

    I see we have a room full of libertarians pathetically defending the most powerful politician in the world against some fucking crazy corrupt shit, just because he has an (R) after his name. If it were a (D), you'd all explode, and you all know it. Why are you even bothering with this exercise in demeaning yourselves?

  • TuIpa||

    Why are you bitching about them?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    MAGA!

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