Dec 17 2018
Attorneys for Michael Flynn released a sentencing memo suggesting 200 hours of community service and no prison time, in return for his cooperation with the USA government's Russian Federation investigation.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller defended the propriety of federal agents' January 2017 interview with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, during which he told lies that led to criminal charges.
Prosecutors said Friday that Flynn voluntarily agreed to meet with the Federal Bureau of Investigation without a lawyer present and had enough experience in government to understand the consequences of lying and "the importance of accurate information to decision making in areas of national security".
Flynn's lawyers cited Justice Department documents stating that the FBI agents who interviewed him did not brief or remind the then White House adviser that lying to federal investigators is a crime. They said Flynn agreed to meet with the FBI without a lawyer present and, unlike other defendants charged in Mueller's investigation, had enough experience in government to understand the consequences of lying and "the importance of accurate information to decision making in areas of national security".
The agents also, according to Flynn's lawyers, did not advise Flynn that lying to the FBI is a federal offense.
Flynn's calls to Kislyak, during which he made assurances about the incoming administration, were part of a broader effort by senior Trump officials to create foreign policy before they were in power, and they alarmed FBI investigators who were already scrutinizing Flynn as part of the Russian Federation inquiry.
Isha Ambani pre-wedding ceremonies
Mukesh Ambani's elder son Akash and his soon-to-be wife Shloka Mehta walked hand-in-hand during Isha-Anand's Sangeet function. Guests received personalised wedding invitations via LCD screens and ate with utensils crafted of pure gold and silver.
More countries threaten Huawei ban as arrest clouds US-China ties
FILE - A salesclerk looks at his smartphone in a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing, July 4, 2018. Chinese state media accused the United States of trying to "stifle" Huawei and curb its global expansion.
China confident of agreeing United States trade deal despite Trump's combative stance
That includes more purchases of US farm products, which Trump - seemingly trying to remind Xi - has said will begin "immediately". Trump continues to ratchet up pressure on China , saying there would be a "REAL DEAL with China, or no deal at all".
In arguing for no prison time, Flynn's lawyers cited his "extraordinary" army service as well as a lifetime of devotion to family, fellow service members and veterans. "They convinced him he did lie, and he made some kind of a deal", Trump said in the television interview.
Flynn also lied to then incoming-Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the transition team, causing President Trump to reluctantly fire him in December 2017. More than a year after the three-star general and former national security advisor pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, Flynn is set to be sentenced on December 18. And the only notes directly related to the January 2017 interview with Flynn was a summary written by McCabe, who seemed to have convinced Flynn the objective of the meeting was to discuss leaks to the media about his calls with Ambassador Kislyak. He also says his now-former lawyer, Cohen, lied to get a lighter sentence in NY. The lawyers said Flynn received a call out of the blue from then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He'll be the first official in President Donald Trump's administration to be sentenced in the case.
In Tuesday's filing, Flynn gives details on meeting with FBI investigators near the beginning of the Trump administration.
Flynn has given 19 interviews to prosecutors, five of those before he pleaded guilty, according to his filing.
During the campaign, Flynn was a close adviser to Trump. Despite this, Mueller said he will not pursue a more painful punishment. After being fired by Trump that spring, Comey was later criticized by the Justice Department inspector general for going behind the back of Yates' predecessor, Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to hold a press conference about the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Trump brushed off a question about his associates' interactions with Russians before and during his presidential campaign as just "peanut stuff" during an interview with Reuters on Tuesday.
Dec 16 2018
Trump bickers with Democratic leaders amid shutdown threat over border wall
What's more, they're intent on having the blame for any government shutdown directed exclusively at the president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he hasn't given up hope that a shutdown can be averted.
Dec 15 2018
Donald Tusk chose to convene European Union summit: the reason
May added that she had spoken to "a number of European Union leaders" over the weekend in advance of a bloc meeting on Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a stark message for Theresa May on Tuesday: The Brexit deal can not be renegotiated.
Dec 15 2018
7-year-old Guatemalan girl dies in Texas in Border Patrol custody
Customs and Border Protection officials say the girl was an unaccompanied minor, meaning she did not have parents with her. On Dec. 6, Jakelin, her father and the rest of their group went to a closed port of entry to cross illegally into the U.S.
Dec 14 2018
France Yellow Vest protest: President Macron vows HUGE €100 pay rise
The government was forced to suspend a fuel tax last week, addressing the original reason for the demonstrations. The crucial impact of Yellow Vest protests was admitted in a survey published by the Bank of France on Monday.
Dec 13 2018
Champions League: What Liverpool must do the reach knockout stages EXPLAINED
Klopp's side, finalists last season, have lost all three of their Group C away matches to leave them in danger of elimination. They have lost the first leg 1-0 in Naples. "So far at home we are good, but we have to be even better tomorrow night".
Dec 12 2018
5 missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan's southern coast
Jahmar Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida. "The change in status comes at the conclusion of search and rescue operations". The crash is said to have occurred during a refuelling exercise but the United States military has not confirmed this.
Dec 12 2018
Who is Kenneth 'Zoo' Petty? Nicki Minaj Defend's Boyfriend's Sex Offender Status
Palmer's comments about the man Nicki is dating and about what her fans think seem to be the source of Nicki's anger. The couple was seen vacationing at a beachside resort where she celebrated her 36th birthday over the weekend.
Dec 10 2018
Charlottesville vehicle rammer found guilty of first-degree murder
Prosecutors told the jury that Fields was angry after witnessing violent clashes between the two sides earlier in the day. Fields, who did not take the witness stand to defend himself, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison .
Dec 06 2018
Qualcomm intros 7nm, 5G-ready chip
It also features the first Computer Vision (CV) ISP which allows is dedicated for computational photography and video capture. During Amon's keynote this week, a list of the companies partnering with Qualcomm on the 5G rollout initiative was presented.
Dec 06 2018
Trump, Xi sit down to dinner at G20 to discuss trade war
What happens if there's no deal after 90 days? The timetable for China's lowering of tariffs below 40 percent remains unclear. Trump told Xi at the start of their meeting he hoped they would achieve "something great" on trade for both countries.
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