President Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much valuable information to the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t serve a single day behind bars, according to a heavily-redacted court filing Tuesday by Mueller.
The filing describes Flynn’s assistance in the Russia investigation as “substantial,” and notes that he participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors and cooperated extensively in a separate and undisclosed criminal probe.
“The defendant has assisted with several ongoing investigations: a criminal investigation [redacted], the Special Counsel’s Office’s (“SCO”) investigation concerning any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald J. Trump, [redacted].”
The former national security adviser pleaded guilty last year to “willfully and knowingly” make “fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about conversations with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
Prosecutors explained that the reason they can’t reveal the extent of his cooperation at this time is that “the investigations in which he has provided assistance are ongoing.”
“The defendant has also assisted with the SCO investigation concerning links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign,” the memo read.
“The defendant provided firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials,” it noted. “For example, after the election, the defendant communicated with the Russian ambassador to the United States on two sensitive matters: a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution calling for Israel to cease settlement activities in Palestinian territory and the Obama Administration’s imposition of sanctions and other measures on Russia for interfering in the 2016 elections.”
“Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions,” it continued.
Flynn also provided Mueller assistance on a separate criminal probe.
“The defendant began providing information to the government not long after the government first sought his cooperation,” Mueller noted. “His early 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 SCO.”
“Additionally, the defendant’s decision to plead guilty and cooperate likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming with the SCO and cooperate.
The sentencing memo was “respectfully submitted” by special counsel Mueller himself on Tuesday evening.