Flynn faces up to six months in prison, but he is expected to spend far less time in jail.
Comparing transcripts from phone wiretaps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation caught Gen. Flynn lying about what he said in a phone call with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December of 2016.
Pursuant to a federal judge's request, special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday released key documents related to the FBI's questioning of former national security adviser Michael Flynn ahead of his sentencing on Tuesday. It also suggested that agents discouraged him from having a lawyer present.
Mueller's filing Friday challenged Flynn's argument in court papers this week that prosecutors characterized as seeking to minimize his conduct. The trove presumably would include the long-awaited 302 form filed after the FBI's January 24, 2017 interview with Flynn. "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 read.
Flynn's lawyers had earlier cast doubt on the process by saying the agents who questioned Flynn never told him it was against the law to lie. According to the memo, after Flynn gave false statements about knowing the Russian Ambassador the agents gave him multiple chances to correct his statements.
While Flynn's lawyers acknowledged he had made a "serious error in judgment" and "shown true contrition", he has an extended group of supporters who believe he's an American hero being unjustly prosecuted because of his association with Trump.
Thomas A. Heaney Jr., a retired Army colonel who has been friends with Flynn since they were 9 years old, said they have been out more than a dozen times in Rhode Island and elsewhere when Flynn has been recognized by people on the street.
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According to the memo, Flynn "has produced thousands of documents to the Department of Justice", "facilitated the production of electronic devices", and sat in meetings with officials for "approximately sixty-two hours and forty-five minutes". In a public statement after his plea, Flynn has said he cooperated with prosecutors because it was in "the best interests of my family and our country".
Since May of 2017, former FBI director Robert Mueller has led an investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election.
The filing also makes clear that Flynn's lie - which, to be clear, he has pleaded guilty to - wasn't a mere slip-up in a casual interview. And it described Flynn as a dedicated and fearless officer, noting that while deployed in Grenada, he once dove off a 40-foot cliff and saved two servicemen who had been swept out to sea.
"[That was] one of the most disgraceful events in American criminal justice", diGenova said, adding that talk about Flynn allegedly "colluding with the Turks" is unfounded and simply an attempt to accentuated the war hero's relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Trump tweeted about Flynn on Thursday, alleging that the special counsel had recommended a lighter sentence because prosecutors were "embarrassed" by the way Flynn was treated. Mr. Flynn agreed and offered to do an interview that day.
Hillary continues to skate free, unbothered by the FBI or any federal agency for the dirty things she and the Obama administration's injustice department did during the 2016 election to try to defeat Donald Trump.
The defendants, their fortunes sliding in opposite directions, represent starkly different paths in Mueller's investigation - a model cooperator on one end and, prosecutors say, a dishonest and resistant witness on the other.