Robert Mueller's team fires back at Michael Flynn's attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Earlier this week, a federal judge set Friday as a deadline for the government to turn over documents related to the January 2017 meeting for review - prompting Flynn's backers and President Trump to claim the feds tricked Flynn, a retired Army general, into cooperating.

"Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the FBI on January 24", Mueller wrote in a court filing Friday, asking a federal judge to reject Flynn's attempt to "minimize" the seriousness of his lies. It also suggested that agents discouraged him from having a lawyer present.

Days away from being sentenced in the Russian Federation probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame.

Exactly one week later, and one week before his scheduled sentencing date, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Flynn's legal team made its own filing, and in doing so dropped several bombshells on the Mueller Special Counsel and the SpyGate plotters.

It is unclear why Yates was upset over the White House interview.

"The circumstances of the defendant's interview, which are further described below, are not mitigating", attorneys for the special counsel said.

Flynn told investigators that he did not discussion sanctions relief in discussions or other foreign-policy concerns in conversations he had with Sergey Kislyak, the-then Russian ambassador to the US, during the transition period.

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Flynn's submission says that he accepts responsibility for the false statements he made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but it is notably silent about his reasons for doing so and what he was trying to accomplish by misleading the agents. The notes paint a portrait of a strikingly relaxed and informal conversation, with Strzok in his interview noting how he had walked past Trump and some movers discussing where to place artwork in the White House.

Tuesday's defense filing did not contain new information about Flynn's cooperation nor provide a full explanation for why he made false statements to investigators. They said he should have known not to lie. Flynn's lawyers joined in that request, but they also used their 178-page submission to underscore their client's 33-year military career, cooperation and "genuine contrition" while criticizing the agents' conduct.

A memo written the same day of the interview by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who called Flynn to set up the interview, provided other new details about the fateful encounter.

The time, money and energy spent prosecuting - and persecuting - Flynn also shows just how deranged the hatred of Donald Trump has become.

Flynn, according to McCabe's memo, explained he had been trying to "build relationships" with the Russians. The Manhattan US attorney's office, which brought those charges, has asked for Cohen to receive a "substantial" sentence of roughly four years. Neither of those men cooperated as Flynn did, his lawyers said.

"What I recall telling the House Intelligence Committee is that the agents observed none of the common indicia of lying - physical manifestations, changes in tone, changes in pace - that would indicate the person I'm interviewing knows they're telling me stuff that ain't true", Comey said.

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