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Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe

05 December 2018
Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe

Flynn participated in 19 interviews and gave the Mueller team "substantial" information.

President Trump is responding to former campaign adviser Roger Stone's vow not to testify against him.

Maybe President Trump thinks witness tampering is not a crime if it's done by "President Trump"? "It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful", Trump tweeted after Flynn pleaded guilty a year ago.

Flynn was sacked from the White House in February 2017 after the Trump administration said he misled administration officials, including Vice President Pence, about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States at the time.

Cohen's lawyers, meanwhile, submitted a sentencing memo on his behalf last week that contained a slew of bombshells about Trump and his interactions with Cohen a year ago and before the 2016 election.

Flynn also provided assistance on a separate criminal investigation.

The filing details the series of false statements Flynn made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. The deadline comes ahead of Flynn's December 18 sentencing and more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about reaching out to Russian government officials on Trump's behalf.

Cohen's lawyers asked the judge in a court filing on Friday not to sentence him to prison. According to the addendum, Flynn has assisted with two other matters - at least one of them a criminal investigation - besides Mueller's Russian Federation probe, but those other matters are redacted.

Trump has long surrounded himself with liars, and for quite a while he's been using Twitter to praise the liars who impede the Mueller probe and castigate any former confidante who agrees to tell Mueller the truth about Trumpworld.

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.

The national security experts at Lawfare wrote, moreover, that the public might also learn more "in the context of that briefing about the relationship Manafort appears to have maintained, through counsel, with the White House after his plea and cooperation agreement". Flynn admitted that he lied about his conversations with then Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and prosecutors have said that the two men had discussed sanctions that the United States had imposed on the Kremlin. Flynn was sacked from the White House on February 13, 2017, after he misled Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence, on his communications.

But Trusty said that during the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, investigators and Comey "swore off even pursuing false statements charges", quoting a recent Justice Department inspector general report.