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New Mueller memo smacks down Flynn’s latest legal gambit: Nobody forced him to lie to the FBI

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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday responded to a sentencing memo from Michael Flynn’s defense team.

The new Mueller filing offered a rebuttal of Flynn’s claim that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to an interview that ultimately led to him pleading guilty to making false statements.

“A sitting National Security Advisor, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents,” Mueller responded Friday.

“He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth. The defendant undoubtedly was aware, in light of his ‘many years’ working with the FBI, that lying to the FBI carries serious consequences.”

“Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the FBI,” Mueller’s team added.

In a sentencing memo filed by Flynn’s defense team, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor claimed that law enforcement had failed to advise him that false statements he made could constitute a crime.

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Flynn alleged that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had “pushed” him not to have his lawyer present during the questioning, which “led to his guilty plea.”

Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” making “fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI to cover-up a meeting with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn’s lawyers have asked the court to sentence him to nothing more than one year of probation along with 200 hours of community service.

“As the Government has made clear, his cooperation was not grudging or delayed. Rather, it preceded his guilty plea or any threatened indictment and began very shortly after he was first contacted for assistance by the Special Counsel’s Office,” his lawyers said Tuesday in the sentencing memo.

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Mueller’s team has also told the judge that Flynn should not face prison time, citing his cooperation with prosecutors.

Read the full memo below:

Mueller Reply To Flynn Sentencing Memo by RawStory on Scribd

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Meet the mysterious conservative lawyer who keeps turning up in the Russia probes

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A prominent conservative lawyer keeps showing up in dramas central to the Trump administration and its battles with Congress—and it turns out he has intimate knowledge of Felix Sater’s intelligence work for the U.S. government while he was working with Trump.

The Moscow-born Sater is the financial criminal and violent felon who worked closely with Trump for years while simultaneously serving as a long-term informant for the FBI and other national security agencies.

In 2015 and into mid-2016, Sater pushed for the development of a Trump Tower in Moscow with his old friend Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer, while trying to enlist support from the Russian government for Trump’s campaign.

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House Democrats have a new list of ‘star witnesses’ who are beyond Trump’s reach: report

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According to a report from Politico, House leaders have developed a new plan to get what are called "star witnesses" to appear in public hearings who are outside of Donald Trump's ability to block them from speaking by asserting executive privilege.

With former Oval Office employees avoiding or ignoring subpoenas as the White House runs interference for them, investigators are eyeing people who were close to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- but were not government employees.

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How the Iraq war and the Great Recession of 2008 paved the way for the Trump catastrophe

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In my dream, it’s 2021. Donald Trump has lost by the biggest popular vote margin in history. (The Electoral College? Unanimous!) Criminal charges rain down on him. As squad cars ring Trump Tower, a nasal voice shouts, “Come and get me, dirty coppers!” From a bullhorn, the reply issues: “Come out with your tiny hands in the air!”

Nancy Pelosi must have dreams just like it. “Sources” say she seeks to quell impeachment by declaring she’d rather see Trump in jail. Who wouldn’t? But would the next batch of Barrs, Muellers and Rosensteins be any more likely than the last to get the job done? It’s a sweet dream, but a risky bet.

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