Court documents show efforts to influence Michael Flynn in Russia probe

Michael Flynn told investigators from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress tried to influence his cooperation with the Russia probe, according to a court filing made public Thursday.

The filing, submitted by prosecutors to show the extent of Flynn’s cooperation with the Russia probe, did not identify the people who contacted Flynn or describe specific conversations. But, prosecutors said that he provided a voicemail recording of one of the contacts.

The judge in the case ruled that by the end of the month the portions of the Mueller report that related to Flynn must be unredacted and made public.

The ruling, the first time a judge has ordered parts of the report be unredacted, will likely set up a legal conflict with Attorney General William Barr, whose office blacked out parts of the report that relate to ongoing investigations.

“He or his attorneys received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could have affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation,” prosecutors said.

Mueller’s office was unaware of a number of the contacts, some of which happened before Flynn’s guilty plea.

Flynn is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the Trump transition.

In the report, Mueller concluded the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, but did not make a determination on whether he obstructed justice.

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