Quantcast
Connect with us

Russia expert reveals which parts of Mueller’s investigation Flynn cooperated with — by reading between the lines

Published

on

Investigative journalist and Russia expert Michael Isikoff read special counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo for former Trump aide Michael Flynn “about 20 times” — and deciphered it through the redactions for his fellow CNN panelists Wednesday evening.

While many people speculating about what’s underneath the blacked-out phrases in the heavily-redacted memo are “reading tea leaves,” Isikoff admitted, there is a way to “parse it.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“There appears to be a reference to three investigations that Flynn has been cooperating with,” the reporter noted– and only one of them is Mueller’s “Russia mandate” that focused on alleged “coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.”

The other two investigations are criminal, Isikoff added, noting that one appears to have been farmed out to US attorneys or other Justice Department prosecutors.

“If you look at the wording in how Flynn’s cooperation is described in each of these three, you see the phrase, ‘substantial assistance in the criminal investigation, non-Russia,'” he pointed out. “That suggests Flynn has provided information about somebody else. He’s fingered somebody who they can bring prosecutions against.”

In the memo’s section about Russia, however, the phrase “substantial assistance” isn’t used — rather, the memo says Flynn “assisted” and “provided useful information.”

ADVERTISEMENT

To Isikoff, that suggests Flynn didn’t rat someone out for prosecution but rather pointed prosecutors in the direction of others who provided them with further information about the investigations.

Host Anderson Cooper jokingly pointed out that meanwhile, Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed Flynn didn’t know “bupkis.”

Watch below via CNN:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump slams ‘partisan’ whistleblower, Biden pushes back

Published

on

US President Donald Trump on Friday vigorously rejected a whistleblower's claim of wrongdoing, amid reports he used a call with Ukraine's president to pressure him to investigate the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The whistleblower's secret complaint has triggered a tense showdown between Congress, whose Democratic leaders are demanding to review the complaint, and the executive branch which has barred them from doing so.

It has also raised concerns Trump sought to strong-arm Ukraine into providing damaging information on the president's possible 2020 challenger, which would represent dangerous foreign meddling in the US election -- similar to the interference blamed on Russia in 2016, when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Dem senator accuses the FBI of a carrying out a ‘cover-up’ for Brett Kavanaugh — and calls for an investigation

Published

on

angry Brett Kavanaugh

Old wounds were reopened this week when a New York Times article, written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, focused on Deborah Ramirez — one of the women who, in 2018, accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. And Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, in a USA Today op-ed published on Friday, argued that Kavanaugh wasn’t adequately vetted as he should have been.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

Published

on

Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Investigate and Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image