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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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Pro-Trump reporter John Solomon attacks Fiona Hill for debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theories

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On Tuesday, National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified that the right-wing narrative Ukraine colluded with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 election — rather than Russia working to help Donald Trump — is a "fictional narrative" and a piece of propaganda promoted by Russia.

One person was enraged at this testimony — John Solomon, the notorious right-wing reporter who covered Ukraine's supposed interference in the 2016 election extensively. He fired off multiple angry tweets attacking Fiona Hill:

How dare Fiona Hill question my patriotism or suggest I was part of a Russian disinformation campaign without a single fact. My sources were all US officials or Ukrainian officials aligned against Russia. Her accusations must have made Joe McCarthy smile up from hell.

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Democrats declare there’s enough evidence for a vote on impeaching Donald Trump: report

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On Thursday, according to CNN House Democrats are announcing that they have enough evidence to move forward with the final vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Breaking: Dems say enough evidence to move forward on impeachment. Vote likely by mid-December. They will not wait for courts to force additional witnesses - @Phil_Mattingly reporting.

— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 21, 2019

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani accuses Mike Pompeo’s State Department of obstruction of justice

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Keeping track of the Republican defenses of President Donald Trump got a little more difficult on Thursday when his private attorney appeared to throw his Secretary of State under the bus.

Rudy Giuliani suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have committed obstruction by refusing visas to three Ukrainians the former New York City mayor wants to testify about conspiracy theories.

"The embassy in Ukraine refuses to give visas for three witnesses, two present prosecutors and the former Prosecutor General, who have direct evidence of major Dem corruption in Ukraine in 2016," Giuliani argued.

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