Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to reveal the extent of Michael Flynn’s cooperation and insights into the dealings of Russians with the Trump campaign and administration a year after the guilty plea from President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser.
In the court filing due by midnight Tuesday, Mueller’s team could also nod toward the next criminal indictments in its sights.
The special counsel’s office is expected to describe the crimes Flynn committed that led to his plea and how he has helped the Russia probe this year. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators on December 1, 2017. The coming filing is meant to brief a federal judge before Flynn’s sentencing.
Similar filings before other Mueller defendants’ sentencings — former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, Dutch lawyer Alex Van der Zwaan and Internet salesman Richard Pinedo — contained revelations about what each person did and knew connected to the Russians and members of the campaign. But none of those defendants cut a deal to cooperate with Mueller like Flynn did. Each earned prison time that ranged from 14 days to six months.
Some of the details in Tuesday’s filing could be described under seal, especially if parts of the investigation that Flynn contributed to are not yet public.
Last December, Flynn became the first high-ranking Trump adviser to agree to formally cooperate with the special counsel’s probe.
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