While most of today’s attention was focused on the sentencing of President Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, a closer look at sentencing documents filed in court by attorneys working for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should be of special concern to the White House.
- Thousands of documents
- Electronic devices
- At least 62 hours worth of meetings with prosecutors working for the special counsel
Remember that Flynn was one of Trump’s closest aides and advisers during the 2016 campaign, even given a prime speaking role at the Republican convention in Cleveland, where he led the audience in chants of “lock her up!” as he verbally excoriated Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.
It’s long been believed that Flynn is the key to the Russia investigation, if only because he had numerous ties to Russia and Russian entities, who paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars in “speaking fees.” He even sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2015. NBC News reports Flynn was there as an invited guest for a:
“Dinner celebrating the 10th birthday of Russian TV network RT. At a luxe Moscow hotel, President Vladimir Putin and a host of Russian luminaries toasted a state-backed news channel that U.S. intelligence calls a Kremlin mouthpiece.”
The defense memo filed Tuesday night elaborates further on Flynn’s cooperation with Mueller:
“General Flynn has produced thousands of documents to the Department of
Justice. Even before his voluntary pre-plea proffer sessions, he had chosen to produce sweeping
categories of documents held by his two companies, rather than fight over the breadth of
subpoenas, and facilitated the production of electronic devices. After his Plea Agreement, he
made another five productions of documents.”
Just how helpful has Flynn been to Mueller? The special counsel’s office recommended he receive no time in prison for lying to the FBI and other potential crimes he may have committed at the behest of Donald Trump.
Michael Flynn has given Robert Muller everything he needs to prove Trump’s guilt on charges ranging from conspiracy to defraud the United States to rigging an election. Flynn may have only been in the White House for a couple of weeks, but what he saw and heard was clearly more than enough to destroy Donald Trump.