President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn provided special counsel Robert Mueller with information about efforts to interfere or obstruct his investigation, according to documents made public late Thursday.
In a filing attached to his sentencing memorandum, federal prosecutors said Flynn “informed the government of multiple instances, both before and after his guilty plea, where either he or his attorneys received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could have affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation.”
New: Flynn has a voicemail of someone connected to Trump that could’ve affected his cooperation. pic.twitter.com/BuqPcEAGgc
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) May 16, 2019
The former national security advisor provided the special counsel’s office with a voicemail recording of a member of the Trump administration reaching out to Flynn and his lawyers while he was cooperating with Mueller, reports CNN.
Prosecutors revealed in their filing that they were not aware of some of these attempts until Flynn informed them.
Mueller’s office had recommended a light sentence for Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to federal investigators about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.
Investigators said Flynn’s cooperation was “particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the [special counsel’s office.]” They also said Flynn’s assistance was useful because of its timeliness, as he “began providing information not long after the government first sought his cooperation.”
Flynn’s voicemail: Vol. 2 of Mueller Report p. 121. pic.twitter.com/v1G0aa010a
— Dr. Sheila Fram (@SheilaFram) May 16, 2019
Other documents show that Flynn was among “a select few people” who heard statements among campaign officials about WikiLeaks and spoke to Mueller about those conversations. That included unnamed campaign officials’ discussion of reaching out to WikiLeaks after it had released emails the Russians had stolen from the Clinton campaign.
“The defendant relayed to the government statements made in 2016 by senior campaign officials about WikiLeaks to which only a select few people were privy. For example, the defendant recalled conversations with senior campaign officials after the release of the Podesta emails, during which the prospect of reaching out to WikiLeaks was discussed,” according to the newly unredacted documents.