Mueller calls Michael Flynn's cooperation 'substantial,' recommends no jail time

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

President Trump's attorney Rudolph Giuliani told Fox News on Tuesday night that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had admitted to offenses comparable to "spitting on the sidewalk" after Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended minimal prison time for the former three-star Army general.

"The defendant provided firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials", it noted.

Prosecutors also say Flynn's "record of military and public service" sets him apart "from every other person who has been charged" in Mueller's investigation.

In January of 2017, Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a conversation he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak just a month earlier, falsely telling investigators that he hadn't discussed sanctions with him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin still wants to have talks with US counterpart Donald Trump but after two failed attempts to meet in less than a month, it's up to Washington to make the first move, according to the Kremlin.

Mueller has said that on 29 December 2016, Flynn asked Russia's ambassador not to retaliate against Obama's sanctions, after receiving instructions from a senior member of Trump's transition team, who was with the president-elect at Trump's private club in Florida. In court, he admitted he had misled congressional committees about negotiations he carried out on Trump's behalf during the 2016 election campaign on a proposed tower in Moscow.

Mueller, the president said on Twitter on Monday, "is a much different man than people think".

The memo also states that Michael Flynn took part in 19 interviews and has cooperated in multiple investigations, including at least one criminal investigation.

David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, said the redacted portions likely pointed to impending charges against others in Trump's orbit and raised doubts about speculation that Mueller was nearing the end of his probe.

Prosecutors said the two men discussed United States sanctions against Russian Federation and that Flynn also asked Kislyak to help delay a UN vote seen as damaging to Israel.

Meghan Markle will NOT attend Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding
The festivities will commence today and all functions will be held at the Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Priyanka Chopra , 36, and Nick Jonas , 26, got engaged in a private roka ceremony in Mumbai in August this year.

The surprise recommendation came ahead of Flynn's upcoming sentencing, which had been postponed four times over the past year.

Mueller's office has had varied degrees of success with the level of cooperation it has received from defendants who have pleaded guilty.

"Even special counsel needs occasional IT support", tweeted communications consultant Meghan Pianta, who snapped a photo of the couple with one of the Apple techies.

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, downplayed any concerns following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's latest court filings.

Supreme court lawyer Neal Katyal said few prosecutors would make a congressional referral based on tweets alone, but the posts could act as evidence as to whether Mr Trump's intent was "corrupt" and to show a pattern to interfere with law enforcement for personal gain.

In the tweet, Trump asked why Cohen was allowed to get away with "terrible" things "having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc." - a reference to Cohen's legal trouble around a tax evasion case involving a NY taxi business - without serving a prison sentence.

The president's critics contend such statements about individuals who refuse to testify against him or give up potentially damaging information are signs he might pardon them, should they face federal charges.

After the plea deal, Trump described Cohen as weak and a liar and said he himself did nothing wrong in relation to the Moscow project.

Cohen's admission during that court appearance marked the first time that a Trump associate had gone to court and implicated Trump in a crime.

Recommended News

  • Follow along: Honoring the life of President George H.W. Bush

    Follow along: Honoring the life of President George H.W. Bush

    Mr Bush, who served as the 41st U.S. president between 1989 and 1993, died late on Friday at the age of 94. He served one term as president, from 1989 to 1993, after a long career in government service.
    Kid Rock Loses Nashville Parade Gig Over Joy Behar Beef

    Kid Rock Loses Nashville Parade Gig Over Joy Behar Beef

    Well, it's officially the end of the line for Kid Rock in the Nashville Christmas Parade after controversy on Friday. We apologize for both", as his co-host Ainsley Earhardt said after the interview ended: "We do need to apologize.
    Doubts persist over Arsenal's Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava

    Doubts persist over Arsenal's Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes Emile Smith-Rowe has emerged as a positive example for youngsters at the Emirates. One good example for other young players. "We have a big responsibility with young players", Emery said.
  • Sick Bouteflika cancels meeting with visiting Saudi crown prince

    Sick Bouteflika cancels meeting with visiting Saudi crown prince

    Conte underlined guarantees he said he had received that the investigation would help solve - rather than cover up - the case. During the visit, the Crown Prince met Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and other high-ranking Algerian officials.
    Ex-Springbok Naka Drotské shot three times as he rugby tackled burglars

    Ex-Springbok Naka Drotské shot three times as he rugby tackled burglars

    Tinus Drotske said: 'Naka jumped up and stormed them, and then they shot him three times, and then they luckily fled . Marzanne said they had never been the victims of such a crime and she thought Du Randt was joking when he phoned her.
    Ukraine urges German naval presence in Black Sea

    Ukraine urges German naval presence in Black Sea

    Kiev has demanded the return of its ships and the release of 24 sailors taken prisoner during the confrontation. Russian Federation and the United States were ready to continue contact, he said .
  • George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Remains by Casket

    George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Remains by Casket

    The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help. The former president's beloved dog, Sully , stood by Bush's side until his death last week at age 94.
    Earthquake Causes Serious Damage in Alaska

    Earthquake Causes Serious Damage in Alaska

    West said damage reports across the region were beginning to arrive at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 7 miles north of the city, which is the largest in Alaska.
    US, Mexico and Canada sign new USMCA trade deal

    US, Mexico and Canada sign new USMCA trade deal

    Trump signed the agreement with the LGBT provisions intact even though a group of 38 House Republicans led by Rep. Under the new pact, 75 percent of automobiles content must be manufactured in North America.
  • Tottenham midfielder Dier: Tough losing - but at least Arsenal competitive

    Tottenham midfielder Dier: Tough losing - but at least Arsenal competitive

    Ozil, 30, missed Arsenal's win over local rivals Tottenham on Sunday and was an unused substitute against Bournemouth last week. Arsenal , who won 4-2 at the Emirates, and Tottenham both have until Thursday, December 6th to respond to the charge.
    Israeli police recommend indicting PM Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges

    Israeli police recommend indicting PM Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges

    The country's attorney general will now decide on whether to prosecute, with no announcement expected before the end of next year. Former journalists at the Walla news site have attested to being pressured to refrain from negative reporting of Netanyahu.
    Box Office Collection in South India

    Box Office Collection in South India

    Noted trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the box-office numbers of Hindi version of "2.0". However, things did not seem to have worked out between them and then the role eventually fell into Akshay's lap.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.