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PoliticsFlynn lawyers demand 40 documents connected to Russia investigation

05:00  12 september  2019
05:00  12 september  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Flynn due in court as lawyers mount attack on Mueller probe

Flynn due in court as lawyers mount attack on Mueller probe Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn is due back in court for the first time in weeks as his lawyers mount an aggressive attack on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington. Flynn is due back in court for the first time in weeks as his lawyers mount an aggressive attack on the special counsel’s Russia investigation. U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) U.S.

His lawyer told the transition team in January that Mr. Flynn was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for In February, Michael T. Flynn stepped down as national security adviser amid a scandal surrounding his contacts with Russia before President Trump took

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn , in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

Mike Flynn’s lawyers demanded access to 40 documents and information from seven meetings connected to the Russia investigation and accused the Justice Department of concealing exculpatory evidence, according to records unsealed Wednesday by a federal judge.

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The potentially exonerating records being sought by the former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers, led by former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, touched on everything from text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page to possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance of Flynn, and from FBI interview notes of conversations between FBI agents and Flynn to questions about mysterious figures such as FBI informant Stefan Halper and Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud.

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Lawyers for a senior of member of Donald Trump’s campaign team have said they plan to demand the “suppression” of evidence obtained as part of Mr Kislyak, the former longtime Russian ambassador to the US, is at the centre of the web said to connect President Donald Trump's campaign with Russia .

“Because the government is supposed to pursue justice, not merely convictions, its responsibility to produce Brady material is a grave one, its scope wide-ranging, and its duration ongoing,” Powell wrote to the court.

The defense motion to compel the government to produce further Brady material, referring to the Supreme Court decision in Brady v. Maryland that requires the government to turn over all evidence relevant “either to guilt or to punishment," was filed at the end of August. Powell argued the DOJ was violating Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s orders from December 2017 and February 2018 to produce this information.

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“ Flynn ’s lawyers had been sharing information with Mr Trump’s lawyers ,” the paper wrote. “That agreement has been terminated.” In major criminal investigations , defence lawyers routinely share information with each other, but it can become unethical to continue if one of the potential targets is

At the end of August, Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn 's new lawyer , shook up the Flynn case with a motion in which she sought Judge Emmet Sullivan's assistance in forcing the government to provide potentially exculpatory material (Sidney Powell Shakes Up The Flynn Case).

The judge’s decision to unseal the motion today follows Tuesday's courtroom clash between Powell and the DOJ prosecutors led by Brandon Van Grack, a former member of special counsel Robert Mueller's team. Powell accused prosecutors of “egregious misconduct” while Van Grack claimed that “following the court’s standing Brady order has always been the guideline the government has pursued.”

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 for lying to investigators about conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Powell argued yesterday that “there never would’ve been a plea to begin with” if Flynn knew how much information the DOJ was hiding from him, alleging prosecutors improperly pressured Flynn into the deal. Among the sets of documents Flynn’s lawyers want are unredacted copies of recordings of Flynn’s calls with the Russian.

The newly unsealed court filing also asked for any new information uncovered by prosecutors or by the DOJ’s inspector general over the last two years.

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Mr. Flynn ’s decision to plead guilty to lying to investigators about those conversations marked a significant new phase in the investigation of the In fact, the documents say multiple members of the team coordinated the specifics of Mr. Flynn ’s outreach to Russia and knew that the conversations

Former national security adviser will turn over business and personal documents for the Senate intelligence committee’s investigation into election meddling.

Flynn’s lawyers further requested access to the two-page electronic communication that allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation in July 2016, unredacted memos on the scope of Mueller’s investigation, a letter from the British Embassy to Trump’s incoming national security team that allegedly disavowed British ex-spy Christopher Steele, any work the opposition research firm Fusion GPS did on Flynn, any Flynn-related documents from the DOJ official Bruce Ohr or his wife and Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, anything related to former FBI Director James Comey or former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper going after Flynn, communications within the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act related to Flynn, leaks from government officials to the media about Flynn, and more.

Flynn’s lawyers also asked for unredacted interview notes and any notes or recordings from seven secretive meetings, including on planning sessions among former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other FBI officials about interviewing Flynn in January 2017, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates allegedly saying a surprise interview of Flynn would be problematic, Comey’s full interview with the special counsel’s office, and more.

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Flynn says he ‘inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others’ over calls to Russian ambassador which reportedly discussed lifting of But Flynn ’s departure does not end questions over his contacts with the Russians , which have been alleged to have begun well before December 29.

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“This prosecution and the circumstances surrounding it are unprecedented,” Powell wrote. “The only way to achieve justice in this case is to provide transparency and the full disclosure of all information relevant to the defense of Mr. Flynn.”

Flynn’s defense team, both in court filings and in the courtroom, asked the judge to compel the government to provide what they were asking for.

Sullivan said on Tuesday that “the government must comply with the court’s standing Brady order,” though he added he wasn’t suggesting the government hadn’t done so. He will rule on this issue in the coming weeks.

Van Grack has insisted that “the government has exceeded its discovery and disclosure obligations,” including those related to Supreme Court rulings and orders from Sullivan, and he claimed that Flynn’s plea deal precludes Flynn from seeking more information.

“As such, the government does not anticipate providing additional information,” Van Grack told the court.

The government has until Sept. 24 to respond to the motion for the production of Brady material, and a hearing on that issue is scheduled for Oct. 31. Sentencing memos from the prosecution and defense are due in early December, and the judge set a tentative sentencing hearing for Dec. 18.

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