Flynn, Mueller says, has provided “substantial help” to investigators, allowing them to significantly advance “several ongoing investigations”

Special counsel Robert Mueller, in a memo filed in federal court this evening, requested that former Trump administration National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (seen above in happier times, chanting “lock her up” with Donald Trump) be sentence to as little as no time in prison, in spite of his having pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller explained in the memo that Flynn had earned this consideration by providing “substantial” assistance to investigators over the course of 19 interviews that have taken place since his guilty plea last December, not only on his own communications with the Russians, but those initiated by other members of the Trump transition team. [Get ready, Jared “back channel” Kushner. It looks as though the axe may be about to fall.]

Here are Mueller’s exact words about Flynn’s sentencing… “Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below,” he says in the document, “a sentence at the low end of the guideline range — including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration — is appropriate and warranted.” [Has Mueller got your attention now. Paul Manafort?]

While it’s not exactly clear from these new documents, which are very heavily redacted, what exactly Flynn gave investigators, it would appear to have been substantial, as Mueller says in the document that Flynn’s assistance has been instrumental to “several ongoing investigations,” including at least one criminal investigation against a person whose name has been redacted. [It’s just a guess, but I think it might rhyme with “Ronald Rump.”]

Here’s an excerpt from the addendum that accompanied Mueller’s sentencing memo.


Like a lot of folks, I was hoping for more. I wanted to know who, exactly, Flynn had provided evidence against, and what information he’d given to investigators. I’m happy, however, knowing that he’s been interviewed 19 times, and that Mueller feels as though his contributions have been helpful not only in his investigation into Russian collusion, but also other ongoing investigations into the criminal activities of the Trump organization… Still, tough, I would have loved to have seen Flynn’s “lock her up”-chanting ass thrown into prison… But, given the choice, I’m OK with letting him go if it means moving the case up the food chain toward Donald Trump, which is pretty clearly what’s happening here.

Here, for those of you who might not remember just how big of an asshole Michael Flynn was back during the 2016 election, is a short video clip.

So, to sum up, we learned this evening that Flynn has been singing like a bird for an entire year, that he’s provided evidence of others on the Trump transition team having been in contact with the Russians, and that there are other cases moving forward, in addition to those being pursued by Mueller and his team, including at least one criminal case. This, as Joe Biden might say, is kind of a big fucking deal. In fact, it’s such a big fucking deal that Donald Trump has yet to even tweet once about it… not even one unhinged post about how “flipping” should be illegal.

update: It’s the next morning, and, uncharacteristically, there’s still not a peep from Donald Trump, who just keeps tweeting away about the possibility of a Chinese trade agreement. Maybe this is why.

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49 Comments

  1. Is Pence Implicated?
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Flynn gave Mueller “first-hand details of contacts between President Donald Trump’s transition team and Russian government officials.”

    Hmmm….. Wasn’t Mike Pence the head of the transition team?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Laura Ingraham: “Unless those redactions are really like knock your socks off, maybe they will be… I think this is a big zero. I think this Mueller thing and what they did to Flynn is disgusting.”

  3. Natasha Bertrand by proxy
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Trump has been urging his associates to have “guts” and not cooperate in the Russia probe. But Mueller sent a clear message tonight to current/future witnesses: testify honestly and completely, and you could be spared prison time.

  4. John Brown
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Duh. And everyone with Agent Orange will go down in disgrace and the fascist and their abortion is murder stooges won’t care one bit. They’ll probably get another justice by 2020 and have the Court for years to come. And what are the pussy Dems gonna do about it?

    We’re dealing with undemocratic and unAmerican thugs. Armed to the teeth and willing to break every rule, because, abortion is murder. Idiocracy is human nature for some.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to hear the Qanon take. Hurry, up HW and EOS.

  6. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Well look at that. Exactly one year ago today:

    Q !ITPb.qbhqo ID: cc0116 No.35004
    Dec 5 2017 00:24:14 (EST)
    Who knows where the bodies are buried?
    FLYNN is safe.
    We protect our Patriots.
    Q

  7. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Future proves past. Flynn cleared up some of Mueller’s misconceptions and helped out with the real shit Huber is doing. Why did GHWB have to go and die THIS week? Huber was set to testify in public today.

  8. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Ever noticed that Q acronym WWG1WGA? Where We Go One We Go All is what it stands for. Guess what General Flynn’s sister puts in her tweets.

    https://twitter.com/BarbaraRedgate/status/1070152875798605825

  9. Bob
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Warlord, nobody has any idea what the fuck you’re even babbling about.

  10. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Dude, shut the fuck up. They keep asking me over and over about it.

  11. Bob
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    “They” being the people in your head? Orange is going down, pally.

  12. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous just asked about it, dorkus.

  13. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Orange Man will be fine as usual. Think about it: nothing came of any of all the non-issues everyone here got excited about. How many things were really going to be it this time in the past two years? Unlikely Mueller has anything on Trump. You ought to be worried about sealed indictments and Huber.

  14. Bob
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Yer a huber

  15. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Dur

  16. Sad
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    You spelled it wrong. It’s d-e-r-p. Derp.

  17. Jean Henry
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Huber has not even subpoenaed Carter Page yet. I wouldn’t expect too much. He’s simply tasked with looking over IG Horowitz’s shoulder (remember him?) to see if anything re the FISA memos or the Clinton Foundation (remember Uranium One?) warrants further investigation. Doesn’t sound like much has. If he is going to up-end the deep state and the Clinton’s with that report, he’s being mighty stealth about it.

  18. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    You don’t think those sealed indictments that started piling up when he was appointed are worrisome. Okay.

  19. iRobert
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    I’m counting the minutes ‘til January 1st, when all those indictments are unsealed. That is still the date, isn’t it? Or has it been postponed?

  20. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    You said something like that before. Where do you get your info? 1-1-19 is when the EO on military tribunals becomes effective.

  21. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    HW’s most cherished fantasy is the imposition of Martial Law.
    Because HW loves freedom!
    And hates the Deep State!
    He just wants it to be all Big State, all the time!

    WGA1WGA!

    PS Qanon sites reporting the sealed indictments are being opened now!– 2 days ago…

  22. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    “1-1-19 is when the EO on military tribunals becomes effective.”
    What EO are you talking about? This one? https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-protecting-america-lawful-detention-terrorists/

    EO’s generally take effect immediately. That one did.

  23. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Ah found it: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/2018-amendments-manual-courts-martial-united-states/

  24. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    The Executive Order itself has absolutely nothing to do with changing those eligible for trial by a military court to include civilians. And it applies only to crimes committed only after the effective date of the change (1 January 2019).

    Oh well.

  25. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I hope none of your people could be considered enemy combatants.

  26. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_gmOsnjrZw

  27. wobblie
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    HW–Do you have any idea who “the enemy” is?

  28. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who opposes Trump should be considered an enemy combatant.

  29. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    HW– Gleefully wrings his hands in anticipation of MM commenters being hauled off to the gulag.

    You know, it’s not his fault. He came here and he was really nice and then people were mean to him and so now, they will get what they deserve. He’es a really kind and freedom loving person. MM.com just pushed him to this place.

    He’s not an abuser. You are!
    He’s not a racist. You are!
    He’s not an authoritarian opposed to basic human rights and freedom for all. The Deep State is!
    He’s not opposed to promoting the welfare and well being of all children; You are a pedophile or else you are a pedophile enabler!
    “I know you are, but what am I?”
    “I’m rubber; you are glue, what bounces off me, sticks on you!”

    “Derp derp derp derp derp derp!”

    “Love me or fear me! (I’m not an abuser)
    Believe me or I will slay you (I’m not an abuser)
    You made me do it (I’m not an abuser)”

  30. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    You are the one who said all that shit about me with no reason. Remember, I was tolerant in the extreme. Look in the mirror. You don’t go around trying to poke people in the eye do you? So don’t try it online just about every day and expect no response.

  31. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Nothing wrong with slaying suckers with knowledge. You want to call that abusive then go ahead. I say if anyone is abusive here it is you. You declared war on me even when I was pacifistic only because you hate Donald Trump and everything you see as right wing. If you don’t want any problem don’t give me a problem. You know I am willing to speak kindly because I did it for months.

    Too bad for you have to run off with your tail between your legs on just about every single point of argument because you never know what you are talking about. Then you resort to shit-flinging. It’s gross and immature and abusive and all that shit YOU say about me.

  32. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I am with HW, everyone who opposes Trump should be labelled an enemy combatant and jailed.

    You people just don’t want to see all the great things that Trump has done for us. You treat HW badly because you hate Trump so much. If HW supported Hillary Clinton, you would treat him nicely.

    Everyone here should look in the mirror.

  33. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    What would you do if there was voluminous evidence of serious crime by many, many people including your household name politicians and business leaders? You would have to take on the Conspiracy Theorist mantle and try saying it was all a massive lie to get Trump’s opponents.

    Pretty sure Huber is not a joke so you better start warming up. Let’s here some more about Pissgate. Come on!

  34. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Let’s *hear* it.

  35. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Keep fighting to good fight, HW!

    One day all these criminals (Democrats) will be in jail where they belong!!!

  36. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, all the corrupt Dems and Repubs too…CEO’s of huge corporations…It’s going to be great.

    I can’t believe you people actually think someone like HRC is clean. Obama, McCain, Bush…all of them.

  37. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    “You are the one who said all that shit about me with no reason. Remember, I was tolerant in the extreme. Look in the mirror. You don’t go around trying to poke people in the eye do you? So don’t try it online just about every day and expect no response.”

    “I know you are, but what am I?”
    “I’m rubber; you are glue, what bounces off me, sticks on you!”

    You made me do it (I’m not an abuser)”

    Text book. Way to validate my hypothesis, HW.

  38. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I don’t fear Huber’s report. OR IG Horowitz either. Or Michael Flynn’s testimony. It could be a delusion, but it’s based on experience– none of your hyperbolic predictions panned out into much. The boy who cried wolf. Maybe this one is the one. I’ll wait and see. And pay attention– Mostly because your fantasy of an ideal outcome is fascinating to me. It tells me how horrors have happened historically– People thought they were right. People were sure they were right.

  39. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    EVERY Democrat should be in prison.

    And anyone opposed to Trump, who is the least corrupt person to ever be in Washington.

  40. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Remember when HW said Trump was the only one smart enough to be friendly with North Korea? Remember when he announced that we were free from risk of attack from N. K. now because of Herr Trump?
    Remember how many times he’s said he has never been proven wrong, even though he’s always proven wrong?
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/politics/north-korea-satellite-images-missile-base/index.html

  41. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    The reality is you are so immature you can’t see it is true that your behavior are an extreme example of psychological projection. You see it as childish because that is what you are mentally. In reality it’s true on racism, sexism, abuse…On all those things you are an incredible hypocrite. You lie so bad every day you stink through optical fiber. You get skunked and slink away all the time. You can’t be serious.

  42. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    *behavior is/you are*

    take your pick

  43. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/garry-kasparov-says-we-are-living-in-chaos-but-remains-an-incorrigible-optimist

  44. Jean Henry
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    “I know you are but what am I” –literally the only Hw can muster when he’s worked up.

    PS You’re doing a great job of demonstrating that you’re not a reactive, abusive idiot.

  45. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    There is no denying you chose to ‘be abusive’ to me when I was pacifistic. You even stated you were proud of it. I don’t see how you think you can try to say that. You are the wannabe bully but you can’t do it to me because I am so much stronger than you mentally.

    …Right on ‘Q’

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/420131-feds-received-whistleblower-evidence-in-2017-alleging-clinton-foundation

  46. Anonymous
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    People should be nicer to HW. He has good and important things to say. You are all just angry liberals with nothing to say.

    Trump is fighting for our freedom. Mueller and the Democrat corruption cabal will be jailed once and for all along with all the people who voted for them. If you voted Democrat, you are complicit and will be jailed without trial! Believe in Trump and the Republican Party under Trump!

  47. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Problem is I don’t say things like you should be punished for voting one way or the other but maynardites do.

  48. Bob
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Trump is so fucked

  49. Jean Henry
    Posted December 8, 2018 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    HW you are definitely more mental than me.

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