Why Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, confessed to it all

Why Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, confessed to it all

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed his sentencing memo in the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Tuesday night.

Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about communications he had with a Russian official about sanctions during the presidential transition, and Flynn has since been cooperating with Mueller's probe.

"The defendant provided firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials", it noted. NBC News a year ago reported that "a "very senior member" of the transition team directed Flynn to contact foreign officials, including those from Russian Federation".

This came soon after Trump fired off a couple of other tweets declaring that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is cooperating with the Mueller investigation, must be making up lies and shouldn't get any leniency for his work with federal prosecutors looking into Trump. He did all this without first obtaining a traditional, ironclad deal under which the government would commit to seeking leniency on Cohen's behalf when he is sentenced on December 12.

But court observers say if Flynn satisfactorily cooperated with the special counsel, he could avoid prison time. Flynn was sacked from the White House on February 13, 2017, after he misled Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence, on his communications. The filing described Flynn's transgressions as "serious", but added that his cooperation with Mueller's investigation is enough to eliminate going to prison.

Attacks on Cohen by Mr Trump via Twitter yesterday were apparently triggered by the disclosure that his former fixer had asked not to be jailed over financial crimes. Flynn made the request after discussing it with deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and being told that Trump's transition team did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation.

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Whatever it is that Flynn said, it's clear that Mueller liked it.

Flynn's interview occurred in January 2017, shortly after he took his post as national security adviser in the Trump White House. Unclear. We do know that Mueller has referred information to the Southern District of NY, including the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen that led to his guilty plea for campaign finance violations, as well as bank and tax fraud. Van der Zwaan received a 30-day sentence and Papadopoulos got a 14-day sentence. This suggests that the investigation may not be wrapping up soon.

But according to memos penned by Comey, President Trump tried to protect Flynn by asking Comey to let the investigation into his false statements go.

Tuesday's memo appears to list at least three ongoing investigations being pursued by the Justice Department.

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