Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

Michael Flynn told Robert Mueller's team Trump administration and Congressional officials tried to influence his cooperation with Russia probe

President Trump was quick to rewrite history on Friday morning after Fox News referenced a past report that his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who ended up cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, was under investigation even before his infamous conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Prosecutors did not identify the people with whom Flynn was in touch, nor did they detail the conversations.

The communications, from "persons connected to the Administration or Congress", Mueller wrote, "could have affected both (Flynn's) willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation".

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.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn exits a vehicle as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018.

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.

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A voicemail is described in the Mueller report in which a member of the president's legal team contacted one of Flynn's attorneys requesting "some kind of heads up" about the nature of the former national security advisor's cooperation with investigators.

The report reveals that after Flynn began cooperating with the government, an unidentified Trump lawyer left a message with Flynn's attorneys reminding them that the president still had warm feelings for Flynn and asking for a "heads-up" if he knew any damaging information about the president.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the first days of the Trump White House about his interactions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and about his lobbying for Turkey. His forced resignation occured after information surfaced about how he misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Vice President Mike Pence about his communication with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. For example, prosecutors wrote in the newly unsealed documents that Flynn "recalled conversations with senior campaign officials after the release of the then-Hillary Clinton presidential campaign manager John Podesta's emails, during which the prospect of reaching out to WikiLeaks was discussed".

Flynn was supposed to have been sentenced in December, with prosecutors saying he was so cooperative and helpful in their investigation that he was entitled to avoid prison.

Investigators said Flynn's cooperation was "particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the [special counsel's office]".

The newly unsealed documents in the Flynn case also highlight just how important he was as a source to prosecutors investigating Russian interactions with the Trump political operation during the campaign and transition.

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