Michael Flynn told investigators from special counsel Robert Mueller's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress tried to influence his cooperation with the Russian Federation probe, according to a court filing made public Thursday.
Michael Flynn told special counsel Robert Mueller that people connected to the Trump administration or Congress had contacted him, potentially attempting to influence his willingness to help prosecutors, newly unsealed court records show. Prosecutors say they were unaware of some of those instances, which took place before and after his guilty plea, until Flynn told them about them.
A federal judge ordered prosecutors on Thursday to file a transcript of the aforementioned voicemail and "transcripts of any other audio recordings of Mr. Flynn, including, but not limited to, audio recordings of Mr. Flynn's conversations with Russian officials, by no later than May 31, 2019".
Meanwhile, the judge in the case ordered that portions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report that relate to Flynn be unredacted and made public by the end of the month.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador in Washington, about USA sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.
The court filing from Mueller, who had been probing alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow and whether the president himself obstructed the inquiry, is believed to be the first public revelation that a person connected to Capitol Hill allegedly attempted to impede the special counsel's investigation.
'The defendant even provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, ' it continued.
The filing noted Trump's personal lawyer had left a voicemail message for Flynn in late November 2017, shortly after Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement with Trump, which mentioned the possibility of him cooperating with the government.
Flynn had been scheduled to be sentenced on December 18 but the judge fiercely criticized the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general for his actions and delayed his sentencing until after he had finished helping prosecutors with other probes. Flynn was scheduled for sentencing in December 2018, but the judge suspended the date until his cooperation with prosecutors had ended.
Flynn described to investigators statements from senior campaign officials in 2016 about WikiLeaks - which received and published Democratic emails that were hacked by Russian intelligence officers "to which only a select few people were privy", prosecutors said.
The document also details how Flynn assisted investigators as they looked into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to sway the outcome of the 2016 election. Even some prosecutors who worked for Mueller claimed the attorney general did not adequately represent their findings, telling associates the report was more damning for Trump than Barr indicated.
It was not known how much Flynn had contributed to this part of the investigation, because much of the Mueller report related to this is still redacted because of the ongoing case against Roger Stone.