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OffbeatFederal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn’s January 2017 interview with FBI agents

05:40  13 december  2018
05:40  13 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A federal judge on Wednesday ordered both former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the special counsel to turn over additional investigative records describing his January 2017 interview with FBI agents — a conversation in which Flynn later admitted he lied.

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Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn’s January 2017 interview with FBI agents© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks in daily news briefing at the White House on Feb. 1. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered both former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the special counsel to turn over additional investigative records describing his January 2017 interview with FBI agents — a conversation in which Flynn later admitted he lied.

In an order filed Wednesday evening, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan demanded to see the formal FBI records and all other relevant documents detailing Flynn’s interview with the agents in 2017 and agreed to review them under seal.

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A federal judge on Wednesday ordered both former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the special counsel to turn over additional investigative records describing his January 2017 interview with FBI agents — a conversation in which Flynn later admitted he lied. Read more here.

The federal judge who will issue a sentence against Michael Flynn next week wants to review FBI documents related to a fateful White House interview that the retired lieutenant general gave to 24, 2017 interview with two FBI agents and the FBI summary of notes taken during that same interview .

The judge’s request for more information could delay Flynn’s sentencing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday. He asked for documents to be turned over by Friday at 3 p.m.

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Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel, declined to comment. Attorneys for Flynn also declined to comment.

The onetime national security adviser to President Trump pleaded guilty last year to lying to investigators and had been cooperating since then with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Last week, Mueller told the court he was seeking no prison time for Flynn, describing him as a critical cooperating witness in the special counsel probe and other ongoing investigations.

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24, 2017 , interview with Mr. Flynn — on the eve of Mr. Flynn ’ s sentencing for lying to F.B.I. agents about his talks with the ambassador at the time The federal judge who will sentence him on Tuesday morning, Emmet G. Sullivan of the Federal District Court in Washington, ordered prosecutors to file a

Flynn admitted that he lied in interviews with FBI agents shortly after the inauguration about conversations he had held with the then Russian Now it is knives out on both sides. As part of his plea deal, Flynn has agreed to be interviewed at any time by government agents and to submit to lie

Sullivan sought more details about Flynn’s FBI interview a day after Flynn’s attorneys made their own case in a court filing why their client deserved no prison time, stressing that he had been “unguarded” when he spoke to FBI agents about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

The judge is well known for his concern about defendants receiving fair treatment from the government. He also issues a standard warning to prosecutors to turn over any and all information to a defendant that could be helpful in their defense, including any evidence of government misconduct.

Sullivan famously threw out a jury’s 2008 public corruption conviction of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens after it was discovered that prosecutors and agents had hid evidence of key government witnesses giving conflicting accounts.

Flynn, who advised Trump during the campaign and transition and served very briefly as his national security adviser, admitted last year that he lied when FBI agents came to his office in White House four days after Trump’s inauguration to ask about the nature of his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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[ Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn ’ s January 2017 interview with FBI agents ]. Flynn ’ s interview came after a Washington Post columnist reported that Flynn had spoken with the Russian ambassador to the United States on Dec.

24, 2017 interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn ' s criminal case is demanding answers from Special Counsel Sullivan also ordered the Flynn team to turn over the documents backing up its assertions. The judge could determine why the FBI apparently took a

Flynn demurred about the idea of having a lawyer sit in for the session.

Flynn later admitted that he lied when he told the agents he didn’t discuss sanctions with Kislyak in their call on December 29, 2016, when in fact he had. Flynn’s call with Kislyak took place the same day that President Barack Obama had announced sanctions against Russia as punishment for interfering in the 2016 election process.

FBI agents knew Flynn was lying because the call had been monitored by U.S. intelligence officials.

In a memo seeking leniency in sentencing, Flynn’s attorneys said the former Army lieutenant general’s interview with the FBI needed to be considered in context. They said that the two FBI agents did not warn Flynn he was under investigation and did not question or rebut his account of the conversation with the diplomat, but simply let him continue speaking.

They noted that one of the agents described Flynn as appearing to consider the agents “allies.”

Flynn’s attorneys stressed that he accepted responsibility for his false statement, despite later learning one of the agents who interviewed him had himself been under investigation for misconduct.

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