Flynn conviction marks cornerstone moment in Mueller research

<pre><pre>Alan Dershowitz: did Michael Flynn lie? Or did the FBI act wrong?

Michael Flynn, President TrumpDonald John Trump Let hope return to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending & # 39; Full Frontal & # 39; gives house with six bedrooms to group working with detained immigrants MOREThe first national safety advisor who started working with a special counselor Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: the US must cheer Mueller's choice to make Russia more MOREResearch a year ago, Tuesday will be condemned for lying to the FBI.

The appearance of Flynn in the United States federal court before the district judge Emmet Sullivan in the United States will be seen as an important milestone in a study that has been going on for 19 months amidst large public intrigues and increasing display cases of the president.

It is perhaps the long-awaited punishment assessment so far in Mueller's research, and comes on the heels of the three-year verdict handed down to Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a whole series of federal charges that stemmed from details that were unmasked by Mueller's extended probe.

It is unlikely that Flynn will be sentenced to a considerable prison time. Referring to his "substantial help" in ongoing investigations, Mueller advised a milder sentence for Flynn and did not ask for a prison sentence.

But Flynn and his lawyers may have settled his situation by claiming that Flynn had been lured by the FBI about his contacts with Russia, revitalizing a theory among conservatives that the one-time Trump campaign surrogate was being damaged by the ministry of Justice and Mueller.

Flynn's lawyers asked the court to save him from prison and sentenced him to a maximum of one year of probation last week. They have quoted an FBI report stating that agents have not warned Flynn of the penalties for making a false statement because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed and they feared that giving the warnings could have a negative effect. have on the report. & # 39;

Without questioning Mueller's characterization of the crime, they argued that Sullivan should consider the circumstances of his interview when evaluating "the seriousness of the offense".

The court's charge added a new drama to Flynn's case and led Sullivan, who has a reputation as a hawk for government misconduct, to ask Mueller to produce documents relating to the Flynn interview, that the special lawyer on Monday and Monday in a modified form.

It also inspired a powerful reprimand from Mueller, who wrote that Flynn "chose" to lie and claimed that Flynn, a retired three-star army general and former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, "knows he should not lie to federal agents".

Mueller also asked Sullivan to reject Flynn's attempt to "minimize the seriousness of those false statements to the FBI".

Developments have triggered conservatives who have speculated that Flynn was being mistreated by the FBI and duped into lying. One of the agents interviewed by Flynn was former agent Peter Strzok, who became a popular target among Republicans after a sms messages that he had interviewed by the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice and who, critically, sent him to Trump before the 2016 elections. .

Trump himself last week suggested that the Mueller Flynn prosecutors gave a "good deal because they were ashamed of the way he was treated" and tried to "frighten" him to invent stories. The president also confiscated the accounts that officers did not notice any external signs indicating that Flynn knew he was lying as proof that his former national security advisor had misunderstood Mueller's position.

Some lawyers say that Flynn's decision to run his FBI interview as deceptive can be counter-productive if the judge considers him reproaching his guilt.

"I find it rather surprising and actually potentially risky on his part," said Randall Eliason, professor at George Washington University Law and former assistant lawyer at D.C. "That can really work against him."

Federal criminal guidelines ask for Flynn between the zero and six months in prison and up to a fine of $ 9,500. Others entangled in Mueller's probe who have pleaded guilty to the same offense receive small sentences, including George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump: Sessions & # 39; should be ashamed of & # 39; because Russia would enable Russia to go No honor in James Comey get away with his abuse of FBI power Papadopoulos wants to run to Congress for 2020 MORE, a former Trump advisor who was released from prison after 12 days.

Flynn, once a vocal campaign surrogate from Trump, served less than a month in the White House before being forced to resign to revelations. He deceived vice president Pence and other government officials about his talks with the then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions against Moscow during the transition.

Last December Flynn admitted that he is also lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Kislyak, making himself guilty of a single false statement as part of a deal to cooperate with Mueller's research.

Flynn is seen as a valuable witness to Mueller, as he examines whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow to interfere in the elections. Mueller revealed earlier this month that Flynn had provided details on the "content and context" of interactions between non-appointed members of the transition team and the Russian government, alongside other unknown issues.

It is unclear whether and to what extent Flynn's collaboration with Mueller is a threat to Trump or one of his employees. Flynn would have provided "first-hand" insights on his work on the campaign and could be an important witness to the government if it has detected criminal behavior and made new accusations. Trump emphasizes that there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow and regards the probe as a partisan witch hunt & # 39 ;.

It is possible but unlikely that Tuesday's hearing will shed new light on the information Flynn has given to prosecutors in connection with nuclear prostitution in Russia or other criminal investigations. Flynn participated in 19 interviews with the prosecutors of Mueller and other officials of the Ministry of Justice.

On the eve of his conviction, federal prosecutors in Virginia have filed unsecured charges against his former business partner for illegal lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government.

There is no clear end to the research of Mueller, although there is considerable speculation that the probe is approaching its late stages. Trump has given Mueller written answers in response to questions of collusion but has resisted a personal interview.

Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on "Fox News Sunday" that would only happen about his "corpse".

& # 39; After what they did with Flynn, the way they imprisoned him in perjury and no punishment for him, & # 39; Giuliani said. "Over my dead body."

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