On Thursday, newly unredacted court papers show that Michael Flynn told the special counsel's investigators that people with links to the Trump administration and Congress contacted him in an attempt to interfere in the Trump-Russia investigation.
The filing, submitted by prosecutors to show the extent of Flynn's cooperation with the Russian Federation probe, did not identify the people who contacted Flynn or describe specific conversations. One of the events that was explored was a voicemail that Flynn received "on or shortly after" November 24, 2017.
The filing in a Washington, D.C., federal court says Flynn informed the special counsel of "multiple instances" both before and after his guilty plea where either he or his attorneys received communications "from persons connected to the administration or Congress". "In some instances, the SCO was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant", he wrote, using the acronym for the Special Counsel's Office. The information includes details on Flynn's communications with Russians and exposes efforts by those close the president to thwart the investigation.
A voicemail is described in the Mueller report in which a member of the president's legal team contacted one of Flynn's attorneys requesting "some kind of heads up" about the nature of the former national security advisor's cooperation with investigators.
The 400-page Mueller report concluded in March there was insufficient evidence to show collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation, and raised questions as to whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to derail the Justice Department investigation. Flynn, a vital witness in the probe, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts during the presidential transition period in 2016 with the-then Russian ambassador to the United States. In the segment, Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy discussed the findings that came out of the House Intelligence Committee months back that revealed Flynn was under investigation for his trip to Moscow and his work for the Turkish government, even before his fateful conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.
The Justice Department said Tuesday that confidential parts of Flynn's court record could be made public now because the Mueller report is out. But after a judge sharply criticized Flynn during his sentencing hearing, Flynn asked for that reckoning to be postponed so that he could continue cooperating with prosecutors and reduce the likelihood of spending time behind bars.
Flynn was supposed to have been sentenced in December, with prosecutors saying he was so cooperative and helpful in their investigation that he was entitled to avoid prison.
It was not known previously how much Flynn had contributed to this part of the investigation, as much of the Mueller report related to WikiLeaks is still redacted because of the ongoing case against Roger Stone or other unnamed ongoing investigations.
The newly unsealed documents in the Flynn case also highlight just how important he was as a source to prosecutors investigating Russian interactions with the Trump political operation during the campaign and transition.