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PoliticsAP Fact Check: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI

20:30  14 december  2018
20:30  14 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

Special counsel calls ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation ‘substantial,’ recommends no jail time.

Special counsel calls ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation ‘substantial,’ recommends no jail time. Special counsel calls ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation ‘substantial,’ recommends no jail time.

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn 's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation .

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — President Donald Trump falsely claimed he's pulled off "an economic turnaround of historic proportions WASHINGTON ( AP ) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn ’s guilty plea for lying

AP Fact Check: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI© REUTERS/Carlos Barria Then-national security adviser Michael Flynn delivers a statement at the White House on February 1, 2017. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.

In remarks Thursday at a meeting with governors-elect, Trump suggests the FBI never accused Flynn of lying in its probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. That's not the case. Flynn will next week become the first White House official punished as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

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A look at the claim:

TRUMP: "Well the FBI said Michael Flynn, a general and a great person, they said he didn't lie. And Mueller said: 'Well, maybe he did.' And now they're all having a big dispute, so I think it's a great thing that the judge is looking into that situation. It's an honor for a lot of terrific people."

THE FACTS: That's not what the FBI said. And Flynn and prosecutors agree he lied to the FBI.

The claim picked up steam after Republicans on the House intelligence committee issued a report this year that said former FBI Director James Comey, in a private briefing, said that the agents who interviewed Flynn "discerned no physical indications of deception" and saw "nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them." But Comey described that description as a "garble" in a private interview with House lawmakers last week.

Victoria Toensing: Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?

Victoria Toensing: Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes? Whoever told The Washington Post the fact of and substance of the eavesdropped conversations between Flynn and the Russian ambassador committed a felony by leaking classified information. The second crime is publicly revealing a U.S. citizen’s identity as being a party to those conversations.  When there is authorized intelligence collection of foreign officials, the identity of the U.S. person who is incidentally picked up during that collection is to be minimized (not disclosed), even within the U.S. government.  Instead of the party’s name, the document substitutes “[U.S. Person].

President Donald Trump claimed former rival Hillary Clinton and former top adviser Michael Flynn suffered vastly different consequences even though both 4, 2017 that former national security advisor Michael Flynn 's lies to the FBI destroyed his life while nothing happened to his Democratic opponent

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — President Donald Trump falsely claimed he's pulled off "an economic turnaround of historic proportions.".

"What I recall telling the House Intelligence Committee is that the agents observed none of the common indicia of lying — physical manifestations, changes in tone, changes in pace — that would indicate the person I'm interviewing knows they're telling me stuff that ain't true," Comey said. "They didn't see that here. It was a natural conversation, answered fully their questions, didn't avoid. That notwithstanding, they concluded he was lying."

It is true that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has asked for documents related to quotations included in a sentencing memo from Flynn's defense team. One of the documents is a memo authored by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe summarizing his involvement in Flynn's Jan. 24, 2017, FBI interview. The other document contains notes from an August 2017 FBI interview detailing agents' interactions with Flynn the day of his interview.

Flynn argues against prison time in Russia investigation

Flynn argues against prison time in Russia investigation Lawyers for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn is asking a judge to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment." The arguments to the judge on Tuesday echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which last week said that Flynn's cooperation was so extensive that he was entitled to avoid prison. Flynn requested probation and community service.

THE FACTS : It’s true the watchdog report exposed political bias among some FBI officials via texts. But the report concluded that those private anti- Trump comments didn ’ t taint the probe. It also concluded that Comey’s actions were not motivated by political bias. “We found no evidence that the conclusions

So - if FBI agent Peter Strzok didn ' t think Flynn had lied , and the Washington Post - which reviewed a conversation (leaked by the Obama administration) Trump fired Flynn 24 days into his stint as national security adviser after Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the

Flynn's attorneys had pulled from those documents in pointing out that unlike other defendants in the Russia investigation, Flynn wasn't warned in advance that it was a crime to lie to the FBI. Flynn's attorneys also noted that FBI officials involved in the interview have since been investigated for misconduct.

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who interviewed Flynn, was fired a year later over anti-Trump text messages. McCabe, who had arranged the interview but wasn't present for it, was fired for what the Justice Department called a lack of candor involving a media leak.

It's not clear from Sullivan's order whether he considers there to be a dispute to resolve or if he just wants to see the underlying documents as he decides Flynn's sentence. Both prosecutors and Flynn's attorneys have said he doesn't deserve to go to prison.

4 takeaways after judge lambasts Flynn, postpones sentencing.
The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn's sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying he had provided substantial assistance in their investigation. But when a federal judge lambasted Flynn and raised the prospect of prison, Flynn decided to postpone the hearing and keep cooperating to get as much credit as he can.

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