Mueller news: Michael Flynn sentencing memo expected Tuesday
It’s been a long year since Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — and in that time, we’ve gotten no confirmation of what that cooperation entailed.
But on Tuesday, Mueller’s office is due to file a sentencing memo in Flynn’s case, which could give some sense of just how valuable they think his information has been.
Last December, Flynn admitted lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Back then, he was the second former Trump adviser, after George Papadopoulos, to cut a deal with Mueller’s team.
Much has happened in the investigation since then — though very little, that we know of, that has anything to do with Flynn. Another Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates, flipped in February. Mueller indicted more than two dozen Russians for social media propaganda, hacking, and attempted witness tampering. Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was convicted of financial crimes, flipped, and then un-flipped. And former Trump attorney Michael Cohen also struck a plea deal just last week.
So far, though, Flynn’s cooperation remains mysterious. It does not appear to have any obvious connection the other developments in the investigation and has not led to any known charges. It’s unclear what Mueller’s team has been doing with him these past 12 months — and whether it’s led anywhere.