Special counsel Robert Mueller officially responded to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s sentencing memo Friday; saying the “defendant chose to make false statements about his communications” with the Russian ambassador.
“The defendant chose to make false statements about his communications with the Russian ambassador weeks before the FBI interview when he lied about that topic to the media, the incoming Vice President, and other members of the Presidential Transition Team,” said the response.
“The seriousness of the defendant’s offense cannot be called into question, and the Court should reject his attempt to minimize it. While the circumstances of the interview do not present mitigating considerations, assuming the defendant continues to accept responsibility for his actions, his cooperation and military service continue to justify a sentence at the low end of the guideline range,” adds Mueller.
“Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the FBI,” he concludes.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.