WASHINGTON — Retired Gen. Michael Flynn provided Special Counsel Rober.t S. Mueller III’s office with “substantial assistance” in a series of investigations, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
As a result, Mueller’s office is now recommending that the former national security adviser avoid incarceration.
In a heavily redacted memo to the D.C. District Court outlining sentencing recommendations, Mueller’s team states that Flynn has cooperated in their ongoing probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
In addition, the filings state that Flynn assisted with a criminal investigation, the details of which are redacted, and an additional fully redacted investigation.
To this extent, Flynn submitted to 19 interviews with the Special Counsel’s Office and the Justice Department.
He also provided investigators with documents, communications and an additional redacted item.
This reportedly includes information surrounding interactions between senior members of the transition team and Russian officials, according to the filings.
Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over discussions he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition period before Trump took office.
While Flynn faced a potential sentence of up to 6 months in prison, the memo urges the court to provide “a sentence at the low end of the guideline range.”
In addition to the value of his information, the filings list a number of mitigating circumstances, including his military service and the timeliness in which he agreed to cooperate with investigators.
The White House has not yet publicly weighed in on the development, but has previously denied that there was any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Flynn served on the Trump campaign, the transition and in the early days of his administration.
He was ousted as national security adviser in February of 2017 after it came to light that he provided false information to Vice President Mike Pence on the substance of his discussions with the Russian government.