Former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn offers 'substantial' cooperation to Robert Mueller

Former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn offers 'substantial' cooperation to Robert Mueller

Former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn offers 'substantial' cooperation to Robert Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has said US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn cooperated with its probe into possible collusion between Trump's election campaign team and Moscow.

According to the document, Flynn participated in 19 interviews with investigators with the Office of the Special Counsel or Department of Justice, wherein the former Trump official gave "first-hand" information about communications between Trump transition team members and Russian officials.

Flynn has been working with Mueller's team since last December, after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Other descriptions of his cooperation with Mueller's team are also redacted, but they acknowledge he assisted government investigators on a "range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation".

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.

After railing against Cohen, his close associate for more than a decade, Mr Trump congratulated Roger Stone, a political operative involved in his campaign, for saying that he would refuse to testify to the Russian Federation investigation led by Robert Mueller. The filing described Flynn's transgressions as "serious", but added that his cooperation with Mueller's investigation is enough to eliminate going to prison. Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

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Last week, Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his work on Trump Tower Moscow during the 2016 campaign and prosecutors accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his cooperation agreement by lying to the special counsel.

Around that same time, Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to let the Flynn investigation go, Comey has said. One knowledgeable source said Flynn's cooperation largely took place immediately following his December 2017 court appearance.

His sentencing was delayed for several months but even close confidantes have told ABC News they don't know why. Both of those matters had been previously referenced in the court filings and hearings for Flynn's plea previous year.

Flynn, who turns 60 on Wednesday, is among a number of people in Trump's orbit who have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

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