After a Washington Post report on January 12, the special counsel's office wrote, Flynn "repeated the same false statements to multiple members of the Presidential Transition Team, including Vice President-Elect Michael Pence, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer". "He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth", the memo said.
Flynn said the FBI's then-Deputy Director Andy McCabe suggested the Trump adviser not bring a lawyer to the questioning. Then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who had arranged the interview but wasn't present for it, was sacked for what the Justice Department called a lack of candor involving a media leak.
In the filing earlier this week, Flynn's defense team maintained Flynn's guilty plea but suggested that additional context was needed to understand his lies during the Federal Bureau of Investigation interview in January 2017.
They say Manafort lied about five different kinds of things, everything from his connections to a business associate they have linked to Russian intelligence to an unspecified ongoing criminal investigation and, most intriguing, his contacts with the Trump administration earlier this year. After a chat about a security training, McCabe said he "felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down" with Flynn to discuss his communications with Russian representatives.
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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.
Over the weekend, former FBI Director James Comey admitted that he personally made the decision to send a pair of agents to interview Flynn in 2017, and acknowledged the arrangement was not typical for dealing with a White House official. He also says his now-former lawyer, Cohen, lied to get a lighter sentence in NY.
The day after the 2018 midterm elections, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russian investigation in 2017. "The defendant deserves credit for accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government", the Mueller team wrote in a sentencing memo last week.
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.
Flynn will be sentenced by a federal judge on December 18.