Michael Flynn's Redacted Russian Investigation Memo
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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.
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).
That day, several journalists posted images of the redacted memo on Twitter. Writer Yashar Ali tweeted 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 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 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 published a Moments page about the meme. Several media outlets covered meme, including The Daily Dot,  Mashable  and more.
 The Washington Post – The special counsel's sentencing memo for former national security adviser Michael Flynn'
 Washington Post – Mueller seeks no prison time for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his ‘substantial assistance’
 Twitter – @yashar's Tweet
 Twitter – @MarisaKabas's Tweet
 Twitter – @fivefifths's Tweet
 Twitter Flynn's sentencing recommendation inspired some unredacted humor
 The Daily Dot – Michael Flynn’s redacted Russia investigation info is now Twitter’s favorite meme
 Mashable – People couldn’t read Flynn's redacted memos, so they made memes instead
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