The redactions in Michael Flynn’s sentencing memo belong in a museum

Flynn on his way to court.
Flynn on his way to court.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
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Robert Mueller’s office recommended on Tuesday evening that former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn serve little to no jail time, because his assistance on the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election was “particularly valuable.”

The redacted bits of the memo are a work of art:

Addendum to government’s memorandum in aid of sentencing, page 2 of 6.
Addendum to government’s memorandum in aid of sentencing, page 2 of 6.
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Three investigations referenced in the Flynn memo are completely redacted; one is not. In the unredacted investigation, Flynn is credited for knowing about “coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.”

Which raises an obvious question: What are the investigations that Mueller won’t name, and how could they be more sensitive than colluding with the Kremlin?

Flynn pleaded guilty last year to making a false statement to the FBI, and is due to be sentenced Dec. 18. In 2016, he had this to say about a Hillary Clinton aide:

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