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Timothy L. O'Brien

Mueller’s Flynn Memo Should Worry Kushner and Trump

The former national security adviser provided information about interactions between the presidential transition team and Russian officials.

The special counsel’s recommendation suggests he’s pleased with Flynn’s help.

The special counsel’s recommendation suggests he’s pleased with Flynn’s help.

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Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to federal law enforcement officials, has participated in 19 interviews with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office since early last year. He’s also assisted with several ongoing investigations — including an undisclosed criminal one — that are part of a probe of possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

All of that, plus Flynn’s “substantial assistance,” early cooperation, and acceptance of “responsibility for his unlawful conduct,” led Muller’s team to ask the court to grant Flynn a lenient sentence that doesn’t include prison time, according to a highly anticipated sentencing memo the special counsel’s office filed Tuesday night.