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Michael Flynn’s redacted Russia investigation info is now Twitter’s favorite meme

It looks like pop art. Or jail cell bars.

Dec 5, 2018, 8:00 am*

Internet Culture

Ana Valens 

Ana Valens

On Tuesday, special counsel Robert Mueller filed a court memo requesting Michael Flynn serve a minimum sentence that does “not impose a term of incarceration,” according to the Washington Post. The move comes thanks to Flynn’s “substantial assistance and other considerations” after the former national security adviser cooperated with the special counsel’s office.

While the court filing confirms that Flynn provided extensive information to aid Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation, an addendum attached details of the information Flynn supplied. It’s significantly redacted, with whole subsections blacked out—and an entirely separate criminal investigation blacked out from the public document.

“[Flynn’s] early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the SCO [special counsel’s office],” the filing reads. “Additionally, the defendant’s decision to plead guilty and cooperate likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming with the SCO and cooperate.”

It didn’t take long for the redacted sections to hit Twitter. They raise more questions than answers about the Russia investigation—and whether President Donald Trump himself is being investigated.

https://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/1070133019804098560

It didn’t take long for Twitter to do what it does best: make memes about the redacted info. The black bars look like a work of art.

https://twitter.com/danilic/status/1070152080206159874

Or maybe it’s an American flag. That would be oddly fitting for 2018.

https://twitter.com/Murf_VT/status/1070293391378923527

Meanwhile, others think it looks like jail cell bars.

https://twitter.com/parkermolloy/status/1070136933878255623

Or maybe it’s OutKast’s Stankonia?

https://twitter.com/fivefifths/status/1070146850676707329

In conclusion, there are (probably) crimes in the redacted sections.

https://twitter.com/boknowswhoiam/status/1070144314691543041

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Flynn awaits sentencing later this month. Meanwhile, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly lied to the special counsel’s office after cooperating with the investigation. While Mueller recommends Flynn receive a relatively light sentence, Manafort’s breached plea deal suggests he may face a much harsher sentence for his role in the investigation.

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*First Published: Dec 5, 2018, 7:57 am