Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, resigned at Prettyman's Federal Court in Washington DC on December…
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Robert Mueller knows how to keep a secret.
As the reporter and lawyers of President Trump wonder about the end of the Russian involvement survey in the 2016 election, the Special Council struck a basketball a week.
In court documents to the former White House security adviser Michael Flynn, the authorities reported that Flynn had offered “significant” and “first hand” help with not only Russia’s probe but also an unspecified ongoing criminal investigation – and possibly another matter
Defendants usually rely on credit for that kind of cooperation when they are convicted. But the note of prosecutors Brandon Van Grack and Zainab Ahmad suggested “any of the benefit may not be fully realized right now because the investigations in which he has provided assistance is ongoing.”
The news, combined with the disclosure that Flynn had met the government investigator 19 times in the last year, launched a new and frenetic series of guesswork about what mysterious other areas the special advisors and others at the Justice Department are investigating.
“Nineteen meetings, it’s a terrible amount of meetings,” said Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor and member of the special council team investigating the leak of a CIA operator’s identity in the George W. Bush administration. “Look, common sense says Flynn will know a lot of information that is of interest to Mueller. His proximity to Trump and the campaign and the convention … if there is collaboration there are those things that can be of great interest.”  Here is a partial list of possibilities.
Zeidenberg and others gave rise to the possibility that the authorities investigate how the Trump campaign, and now the Trump Administration, has handled Turkey’s demands to transport an elder cleric from his home in Pennsylvania and in the hands of the Turkish regime, who sees him as an enemy. The Justice and Government Departments have raised questions about whether there is a legitimate legal basis linking the priest, Fethullah Gulen, with illegal activities in Turkey.
Flynn has already confirmed that he lied about his contacts with Turkey, including paid charges for the “removal” of the United States, that he did not report to the Justice Department.
“It’s much, much harder to see what’s happening here than in a common language,” says Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches at the Duke School of Law. Buell said Flynn had offered a real bombshell certificate, “I think there would probably have been more charges to begin with.” Instead, he said Flynn claimed only a wrong investigation.
Others have suggested that Flynn may have information to share the transition’s internal work as a pointman to Russia, perhaps with the funding of the campaign or the opening ceremony.
Support for this view comes through a question in last summer’s attempt by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, pushed Vice-Campaign Chairman Rick Gates as to whether he billed the initial commission for some of his personal expenses.
Downing asked if Gates had been interviewed by special councils about his role in the campaign. Prosecutors protested quickly, and the judge called both sides to the bench for a private conference on the matter. It did not go up again in the trial.
But news reports have suggested that a number of Russians with links to the Kremlin may have trampled money in the campaign or the opening parties in early 2017. A number of oligarchs who participated in these Features have been questioned by the FBI about them while traveling in the United States. It is illegal for foreign donors to donate to initial committees.
Mary McCord spent more than 20 years at the Department of Justice and resigned last year as head of his National Security Department. She refused to address the nature of the information Flynn had left to authorities. But she added what Flynn had said to prosecutors, they seem to have bought it.
“Dictation of Memorandum, which claims that an opinion without imprisonment is” appropriate and motivated “indicates that the Special Adviser found Michael Flynn to be forthcoming, credible and very helpful to the Special Council investigation, “said McCord, who is currently teaching at the Georgetown Law Center. “I would not expect to see this kind of recommendation if Flynn had been reticent or suspicious of keeping information or if the information he left did not help to promote the investigation.”
Flynn’s lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, have consistently declined comment about him during the past year. But they are expected to break their silence on December 11 when they submit their own short call to the referee not to impose a prison sentence on the 33-year-old military veteran. Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18th.