- Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, downplayed any concerns following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest court filings.
- In a memo and addendum, Mueller recommends a lenient sentence for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
- Mueller cites Flynn’s extensive cooperation in the Russia probe and an unspecified criminal investigation, and his service in the military, for his recommendation to a District Court judge.
- Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18.
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, downplayed any concerns following a legal memo that indicated former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, had extensively cooperated with prosecutors on the Russia investigation and an unspecified criminal investigation.
“Wow big crime for a SPECIAL WHATEVER,” Giuliani said in a text message to Politico, adding that “maybe a group of Angry Bitter Hillary Supporters who are justifying themselves by the goal justifies the means.”
Giuliani also described the latest developments as “over the top In ethical [sic] behaviour,” according to Politico.
In an interview with NBC News, he referred to Flynn and said, “if he had information to share with Mueller that hurt the president, you would know it by now.”
“There’s a Yiddish word that fits,” Giuliani said. “They don’t have bupkis.”
In a heavily redacted addendum attached to the memo released on Tuesday night, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office recommended no jail time for Flynn, who had assisted in the investigation “on a range of issues” and “provided firsthand information” on the ongoing Russia investigation and a criminal investigation.
“Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, 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,” the court filings said.
Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18 for misleading the FBI on his contacts with Russia. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in December 2017, the first of numerous Trump officials, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
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