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Michael Flynn described efforts to interfere with his cooperation with Mueller

Michael Flynn described efforts to interfere with his cooperation with Mueller

President Donald Trump on Friday attempted to distance himself from former national security adviser Michael Flynn following a report that he provided information to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The newly unsealed documents, initially filed in secret in December of 2018, offer what prosecutors described as a "comprehensive description" about the extent and usefulness of Flynn's 18 month-long cooperation deal.

Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said they never spoke with Flynn or his attorney.

The unredacted information about Flynn's cooperation in Mueller's obstruction probe revealed that before and after his guilty plea his attorneys "received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could have affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation". And that if Flynn cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe - as he eventually did - it would have negative consequences for the administration.

Russian woman claims she was manipulated into entrapping Gen. Flynn; Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

'The defendant even provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, ' it continued.

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Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador in Washington, about USA sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

The court filing doesn't say who left the voicemail, but the Mueller report said President Trump's personal lawyer left Flynn a message in November 2017 addressing his cooperation with the government. His forced resignation occured after information surfaced about how he misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Vice President Mike Pence about his communication with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn was supposed to have been sentenced in December, with prosecutors saying he was so cooperative and helpful in their investigation that he was entitled to avoid prison. But after a judge sharply criticized Flynn during his sentencing hearing, Flynn asked for that reckoning to be postponed so that he could continue cooperating with prosecutors and reduce the likelihood of spending time behind bars. That includes conversations with senior campaign officials "during which the prospect of reaching out to WikiLeaks was discussed".

The report found no evidence that Trump, or any of his administration, campaign or associates, had conspired with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller concluded his Russian Federation investigation earlier this year and handed over a 448-page report to Attorney General Bill Barr in late March.

It was not known previously how much Flynn had contributed to this part of the investigation, as much of the Mueller report related to WikiLeaks is still redacted because of the ongoing case against Roger Stone or other unnamed ongoing investigations.