Trump Lawyer Pushed For Pardons Of Michael Flynn And Paul Manafort

Mueller reveals Manafort and Gates associate had Russian intelligence ties

Mueller was appointed to investigate any links between Trump associates and Russian Federation, as well as other matters that arise out of his investigation.

"The Office of Special Counsel complied with a federal judge's order and as a result turned over all evidence related to former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's case, according to two sources who spoke to this reporter", writes Carter.

Sanders read a statement from Ty Cobb, the president's lead attorney in the investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, saying that "I've only been asked about pardons by the press and have routinely responded on the record that no pardons are under discussion or under consideration at the White House".

"That Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016 was pertinent to the investigation", the special counsel argued in its sentencing memo.

Kilimnik's suspected ties to Russian intelligence have been established, but it was not previously known whether those links continued into 2016.

"I had no such discussions with them", Dowd said in a phone interview. He'd be in position to know who the players were.

But it's not the prospect of jail time for van der Zwaan that his case matters. But Gates remained aboard through the campaign and transition. Or "gone native", as Mueller's filing puts it. And that he knew that Gates, who has since pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller, was "directly communicating", also during the campaign, with a mysterious "Person A" - whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation has determined "has ties to Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016", emphasis mine. Why those six words were added in this filing when they didn't appear in a previous filing is the $64,000 question.

Rick Gates, the former aide, told an attorney for a USA law firm that a Russian they worked with in Ukraine was a former military intelligence officer, according to the filing late Tuesday in Washington. Kilimnik told The Post in June that he has "no relation to the Russian or any other intelligence service".

Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, has pleaded not guilty. Kelner and a spokesman for Manafort also were not immediately available.

The White House has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation in regard to the 2016 election.

According to the memorandum, both Manafort and Gates "had been indicted just days" before van der Zwaan lied to the special counsel-despite having been "expressly warned by the government that it is a crime to lie to the Special Counsel's Office".

Van der Zwaan is married to the daughter of German Khan, a director and co-owner of Alfa Bank.

Even in Dowd's comment to the Times, there was wiggle room.

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