'Something's Up': Judge Nap Doubts Mueller Probe Is Nearing the End

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed his long-awaited sentencing memo on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

According to a sentencing memo filed in court today, prosecutors say Flynn provided "substantial assistance" to investigators and "firsthand information about content and context of interactions between Trump transition team and Russian government officials".

During a Twitter tear on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Trump cheered on former campaign adviser Roger Stone for resisting to work with the special counsel's team.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend zero to six months in prison for Flynn. He accused Cohen of making up "stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself" and should, "in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence".

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano disagrees with speculation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is nearing the end game of his investigation.

Once one of the real estate tycoon's closest allies and a top executive at The Trump Organization, Cohen has become a key witness in Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians in 2016.

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It will give a federal judge an idea of how helpful Flynn has been in the investigation.

Cohen, who is cooperating with a federal investigation into whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to sway the election, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec 12 after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress. Flynn had denied that he'd asked the Russian ambassador not to retaliate over USA sanctions the Obama administration imposed in December 2016 in response to Russia's interference in the US presidential election. CNN's Manu Raju observed that Trump is offering a "big signal here" that he could pardon Stone and is "encouraging him not to cooperate".

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty as part of a separate investigation by the Manhattan US attorney's office, and he has since given over 70 hours of voluntary interviews to the special counsel. Flynn was in the White House for less than a month before he was sacked for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.

Flynn also admitted to lying on his foreign lobbying registrations about his lobbying in Turkey.

The government notes that Flynn "falsely stated that he did not ask the Russian ambassador to refrain from escalating the situation in response to the sanctions" and further, "falsely disclaimed any memory" of his subsequent conversation with Kislyak, in which Kislak told Flynn that Russia had complied with Flynn's request.

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