Mueller Filing Suggests Harsh Punishment for Probe Thwarters

CNN suggests Trump could be of that number
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2018 8:58 AM CST
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, on July 10, 2018.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – President Trump ought to be worried by special counsel Robert Mueller's Tuesday court filing describing Michael Flynn's "substantial" help in the probe into Russian election interference, CNN reports, highlighting one line in particular. "Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards," Mueller writes in the 13-page document, which is heavily redacted—a sign that discoveries are still being withheld to protect ongoing and future investigations as well as potential prosecutions, per CNN. Indeed, in addition to providing information on "interactions between individuals in the presidential transition team and Russia," and claiming such individuals directed him to discuss sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the US, Trump's former national security adviser cooperated in a criminal investigation separate from the Russia probe, the filing states, per USA Today.

Rep. Mark Meadows says "no mention of collusion" is "good news for President Trump," per Time, though a former federal prosecutor tells CNN he believes "Flynn provided information that is allowing Mueller to make a criminal case against someone." Mueller notes Flynn's decision to cooperate, which likely encouraged other witnesses to follow suit, "was particularly valuable because he was one of the first people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation." These words differ greatly from those Mueller has used to describe Paul Manafort, suggesting "full disclosure will be rewarded while attempts to thwart him … will be severely punished," CNN reports, mentioning "Trump's Twitter praise for associates such as Roger Stone, who have refused to cooperate with Mueller" and his criticisms of those who've agreed. (More on the filing here.)

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