Flynn has Given ‘Substantial’ Assistance to the Special Counsel

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He is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, who was tasked to investigate whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election.

Thirty-three people and three companies have been charged in the probe, including Cohen, Trump's former lawyer who last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he insisted that Trump was pursuing plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016.

In a pre-sentencing pitch to the court on Friday, Cohen's lawyers asked that he be given no jail time, noting his ongoing cooperation with Mueller's sprawling investigation. In addition, Mueller's office announced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated terms of his plea agreement.

On Monday, Trump praised longtime associate and Republican operative Roger Stone, who has been under scrutiny by investigators over his comments about leaked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Prosecutors said the two men discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation and that Flynn also asked Kislyak to help delay a United Nations vote seen as damaging to Israel. He has admitted he lied to Congress to help Trump and broke campaign finance laws by helping to arrange hush money for women who might have embarrassed Trump with accusations of infidelity as he was running for president.

Mueller's office says Flynn assisted them 'on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation'.

The filing details the series of false statements Flynn made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. Stone has also waged a public campaign against Mueller.

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He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

Flynn was a close adviser to Trump during the campaign - and famously led a "lock her up" Hillary Clinton chant at the Republican National Convention. Flynn made the request after discussing it with deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and being told that Trump's transition team did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation.

The special counsel concludes by noting that Flynn's early guilty plea, "likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming with the [special counsel's office] and cooperate".

Two other Mueller defendants who also pleaded guilty to making false statements, Alex van der Zwaan and George Papadopoulos, both had to serve prison time.

The White House has said that Flynn misled officials- including Vice President Mike Pence - about the content of his conversations.

As part of his plea, Flynn also admitted to lying about Turkish lobbying and research work. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for that work when he became national security adviser.

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