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Robert Mueller releases heavily-redacted Michael Flynn memo — and recommends no prison after cooperation

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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday filed prosecutor’s sentencing memorandum on former Donald Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Sr.

Prosecutors suggested no prison time after 19 interviews with Flynn.

“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].”

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Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” make “fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to cover-up meeting with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The memo said prosecutors can’t reveal the extent of his cooperation because “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,” it read.

Not just the campaign, but Trump’s transition.

“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.”

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“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.

The filing occurred after the special counsel had on four times occasions asked the judge allow them more time for Flynn to cooperate with federal investigators.

Flynn also provided assistance on a separate criminal investigation.

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“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.

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The sentencing memo was “respectfully submitted” by special counsel Mueller himself.


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GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

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According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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