People linked to the Trump administration and Congress attempted to obstruct former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's efforts to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.
Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said they never spoke with Flynn or his attorney.
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". "In some instances, the [special counsel] was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant", Mueller wrote in a December 2018 memo.
At almost every turn of the probe into Russian interference into the 2016 election, President Donald Trump was working to make sure Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, knew that the White House was on his side - and that the President himself thought Flynn was a good guy.
Flynn even provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, the court papers say.
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.
The documents revealed for the first time sections that had originally been blacked out before last month's release of Mueller's report on his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
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.
Mueller has asked for the judge not to sentence Flynn to prison given his substantial cooperation.
Flynn had been scheduled to be sentenced on December 18 but the judge fiercely criticized the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general for his actions and delayed his sentencing until after he had finished helping prosecutors with other probes.
Flynn described to investigators statements from senior campaign officials in 2016 about WikiLeaks - which received and published Democratic emails that were hacked by Russian intelligence officers "to which only a select few people were privy", prosecutors said.
It was not known previously how much Flynn had contributed to this part of the investigation, as much of the Mueller report related to WikiLeaks is still redacted because of the ongoing case against Roger Stone or other unnamed ongoing investigations.
The report found no evidence that Trump, or any of his administration, campaign or associates, had conspired with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 presidential election.