Robert Mueller says Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't give Michael Flynn a reason to lie


The judge's brief order states that Mueller can choose to file the materials under seal if necessary.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during the daily news briefing at the White House, Feb. 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

The FBI interview took place on January 24, 2017, soon after Trump took office.

Without providing an explanation of why Flynn lied in the first place - which remains a mystery to this day - the filing played into Trump defenders' conspiratorial attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The filing says that Flynn sat for 19 interviews with the special counsel and the Department of Justice during the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

He asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an 'uncharacteristic error in judgment, ' in court documents this week, prompting Robert Mueller's respond on Friday.

In the filing Mueller said Flynn lied to the media and senior administration officials in the weeks leading up to the interview, telling them he had not discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak when in fact he had. And it sets the stage for a potential clash with congressional Democrats as they take the House next year, launch their own investigations and consider whether to try to impeach Trump.

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Separately, prosecutors announced Wednesday that they filled in another piece of the puzzle in the hush-money case: The parent company of the National Enquirer acknowledged making one of those payments "in concert" with the Trump campaign to protect him from a story that could have hurt his candidacy.

The White House said Friday that the latest court filings which detailed accusations against the president's former campaign chairman and former personal lawyer have nothing about the president or of value.

"I'm not troubled by Flynn's conduct", Gaetz told The Hill's Buck Sexton, adding that he "far more troubled by the fact that he seems to be in legal jeopardy so that there can be leverage built against the president". Around the same time, President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges. "There was nothing to hide!" It also suggested that agents discouraged him from having a lawyer present.

The judge said the prosecution's submission lacked "sufficient information" to help inform her decision on whether Manafort did lie and breach his deal.

They were referring to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI agent Peter Strzok.

"As the Government has made clear, his cooperation was not grudging or delayed", said the memo written by attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony.

Cohen also pleaded guilty last month to a charge from Mueller's office of lying to Congress about how long discussions involving a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow had extended into the 2016 campaign.