Müller-files show, Flynn intended to be under investigation sooner than, as a brother effort claimed to be the “trap him’

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Former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn told special counsel Robert Mueller, the several instances, both before and after his confession, where he or his lawyers received calls from people associated with the trump administration or Congress; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

Michael Flynn was under FBI investigation earlier than previously thought, according to a little-noticed section in Special Counsel Robert Müller ‘ s report-and the former national security Advisor to the brother, told Fox News, the only suggested this week that the revelation that a long-lasting, high effort, the “trip him” and “trap” him.

Buried in the second volume, the Miller report was the reference to an existing FBI investigation of Flynn “is based on his relationship with the Russian government,” the calls older than Flynn’s during the presidential transition in December 2016, with the then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, which ultimately led to his termination, if they are lying.

It was previously thought that Flynn made the communication with Kislyak – pick-up by the U.S. intelligence community – the FBI suspects, sparks of the Flynn-probe.

According to Müller ‘ s report, “the members of the intelligence services were surprised by Russia’s decision not to seek revenge, in response to the sanctions. In the analysis of Russia’s reaction, they of Flynn’s was aware of the discussion of sanctions with Kislyak. Previously, the FBI had opened an investigation of Flynn, on the basis of his relationship with the Russian government. Flynn ‘ s contacts with Kislyak was an important component of the investigation.”


After Fox News reported the development on Friday morning, President Trump questioned in a tweet why he was not informed of the probe in 2016 “, so that I can make a change?”

This section of the report describes the interviews documented in eyewitness reports, known as FBI “302s,” with the former acting assistant attorney general Mary McCord, who helped design the Russian probe, and the former FBI Director, James Comey.

“It was an absolute surprise, when the Mueller report came out,” Flynn’s brother, Joe, Fox News said.

He said his brother “went through 19 meetings with the special counsel — about 90 hours of excruciating interviews and the never came the whole time. And you would have thought, and you might have focused on, it didn’t come.”

Joe Flynn, right, said it was an “absolute surprise” to learn that authorities had been, apparently, that his brother, Michael, while in 2016 the transition or earlier. (Joe Flynn)

The special counsel the disclosure also sheds new light on a cryptic passage in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report on Russian interference in the last year has been released. The report said Comey, in a closed door, the witness pointed out-there was an open case on Flynn-this was about to be closed, until Flynn ‘ calls for s, with the Russian Ambassador.

“Director Comey said that he authorized the closure of the CI [counter-intelligence] investigation in the General Flynn of the end of December, 2016; however, the investigation was kept open due to the public discrepancy surrounding General Flynn communications with Ambassador Kislyak,” the report said. “Deputy Director [Andrew] McCabe explained that,” We had not really substantiated anything particularly important against General Flynn, ” but does not recall that a closure of the CI investigation is imminent.”

The same Republicans report found, there was no briefing to warn the Trump campaign, was a senior figure like Flynn, will be examined.

“The trump campaign was not notified that the members of the campaign potential counterintelligence concerns were,” even though such a defensive briefing would not have been unusual, the report said.

“My suspicion is that they did what they could to trip him up and trap him.”

— Joe Flynn, on his brother Michael

“The trump campaign,” the report continued, “have not received a General counterintelligence briefing through to August 2016, and even then it was never informed specifically, [George] Papadopoulos, [Carter] – page, [Paul] Manafort, or General Flynn Russia relations.”

James Trusty, a 27-year justice Department veteran, worked in the criminal division and served as chief of the organized crime,” said Fox News the version in the Müller report, probably due to the existence of an investigation is not fully captured.

“It looks pretty obvious to me that the use of the word ‘before’ is what is said for an independent investigation, but there is always room for a little fog of war” Trusty. “I think it was probably some other investigation; whether a sleeping, or a big one, a small, we do not know, but it looks like there was something else out there.”

Flynn’s brother, said the passage secured, the family’s long-held concerns.

“Because of his vocal criticism of the Obama administration and, in particular, the intelligence services, where he came from, my suspicion is that they did what they could to make the journey said to him, and the trap set for him,” Joe Flynn Fox News.

The Obama administration Flynn, triggered as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2014.

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The Miller report referred to the statement about Flynn’s Russian government can have contacts,, a $45,000 paid to the 2015 dinner in Moscow, in the Flynn sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin and has been for a speech.

But, Joe Flynn, said his brother, who had led military intelligence, had colleagues in the loop.

“He has his participation in an event, where he gave a speech in Moscow,” said Flynn. “But he informed the DIA, and he informed the DIA. He retained his top-secret security clearance to the point. He resigned from his job as national security adviser. So if it is a big problem with what his actions were, why they would not have revoked his security clearance and told him that there is a Problem here?”

Michael Flynn is still on the condemnation in the Wake of his guilty plea for lying to investigators about conversations with the Russian Ambassador. His case returned to the headlines earlier this week after prosecutors said in a court filing that Flynn had told Müller ‘ s office, that the people linked to the Congress and the administration tried to influence his cooperation with the probe. The judge has ordered the relevant sections of the Müller ‘ s report, unredacted. The special counsel’s report, not to a result, whether the President obstructed justice, but attorney General Bill Barr and then-Deputy Rod Rosenstein determined not to justify the evidence, criminal charges.

Former FBI general counsel James Baker, meanwhile, was recently pressed on other probes with the trump team before the end of July 2016, when the FBI launched an investigation of whether and why Trump aide George Papadopoulos had told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

To clarify “just about, it was an open investigation against all in connection with the trump campaign against this Papadopoulos investigation was opened, you know, in response to this information?” Baker was asked at the Brookings Institution.

“To my knowledge, not,” Baker,” replied. It is not known to the public, if the former Flynn investigation began.

Fox News a spokesman for the special counsel asked about the Flynn investigation, including when it began, what was the predicate, and whether it was independent of the FBI probe, opened in July of 2016. The spokesman declined to comment.

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