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Michael T. Flynn

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Meanwhile, when asked if he recalled asking countries to take certain actions on the [[United Nations]] vote on [[Israel]]i settlements, Flynn explained that the conversations were “along the lines of where do you stand and what’s your position” and that “he did not believe his calls to the various countries would change anything.” He also stated that his calls did not involve any requests for how to vote, and answered “no” when asked if he discussed delaying or defeating the vote. The FBI form FD-302 interview notes, moreover, indicates that Flynn denied that Kislyak described any Russian request to his response.<ref>FBI Handwritten Notes of Michael Flynn Interview (January 24, 2017).</ref>
After the interview, the Strzok and Pientka expressed uncertainty as to whether Flynn had lied. Strzok and Pientka reported to their leadership that Flynn exhibited a “very sure demeanor” and “did not give any indicators of deception.” Both of the agents “had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.” When Comey was asked, based on his evaluation of the case: “Do you believe that Mr. Flynn lied?” Comey responded: “I don’t know. I think there is an argument to be made he lied. It is a close one.”
On November 30, 2017, the Special Counsel’s Office filed a criminal information against Flynn charging him with a single count of making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2). Flynn pleaded guilty to that offense, but moved to withdraw that guilty plea on January 14, 2020. On January 29, 2020, Flynn also filed a “Motion to Dismiss Case for Egregious Government Misconduct and in the Interest of Justice,” and supplemented that motion on April 24 and 30, 2020 based on additional disclosures.
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