Michael Flynn's Redacted Russian Investigation Memo

Michael Flynn's Redacted Russian Investigation Memo

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Updated Dec 05, 2018 at 10:05PM EST by 3kole5.

Added Dec 05, 2018 at 12:04PM EST by Matt.

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Michael Flynn's Redacted Russian Investigation Memo refers to a series of jokes and memes about the heavily-censored court documents regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's participation in the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.

Origin

On December 4th, 2018, court filings regarding Michael Flynn's participation in several of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations, including the ongoing look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller recommended that Flynn not serve any prison time due to the former National Security Advisor's "substantial assistance" in these investigations. The memo was heavily redacted (shown below).[1][2]


A. The defendant has provided substantial assistance in a criminal investigation -2 Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 46-1 Filed 12/04/18 Page 3 of 6

Spread

That day, several journalists posted images of the redacted memo on Twitter. Writer Yashar Ali tweeted[3] a series of images from the redacted memo. They tweeted at the start of the thread, "1. Flynn Memo is out….He participated in 19 interviews with the Special Counsel's office and other justice department attorneys[…]Mueller is recommending no prison time for Flynn given his participation." The tweet received more than 930 retweets and 2,900 likes in 24 hours (shown below, left).

Following the spread of the memo, people began parodying and mocking the amount of redactions. Twitter[4] user @MarisaKabas posted a variation of the He's Not Your Man meme using the memo's redactions. The post received more than 4,000 retweets and 28,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below, center). Twitter[5] user @fivefifths tweeted a photoshopped version of the Outkast album Stankonia using the redacted memo. The tweet received more than 1,300 retweets and 5,600 likes in 24 hours (shown below, right).

That day, Twitter[6] published a Moments page about the meme. Several media outlets covered meme, including The Daily Dot, [7] Mashable [8] and more.


Yashar Alio @yashar 1. Flynn Memo is out.... He participated in 19 interviews with the Special Counsel's office and other justice department attorneys. Mueller is recommending no prison time for Flynn given his participation. 8:36 PM - 4 Dec 2018 931 Retweets 2,924 Likes4 132 931。29 Yashar Ali@yashar 16h 2. Significant redactions in the memo. Ladies, if he's: He's not your man. He's Michael Flynn. The defen provided useful information concerning

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damn mueller redacted everything To my mind, this is the most revealing passage of the sentencing memo: probably light treason in the banana stand. huge mistake. Cool thing about Mueller's Flynn sentencing memo is that if you flip it sideways it looks like a prison cell
When you wear a salute to Flynn's redacted testimony to Mueller. ant also provided useful information concerning now accepting preorders JOY DIVISION UNKNOWN PLEASURES 'm naming my pet zebra 'redacted'

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