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Fireworks, a funhouse and a family-friendly event for New Year’s Eve in Newcastle

Fireworks, a funhouse and a family-friendly event for New Year’s Eve in Newcastle

ACTION: Maryville arts collective Studio One, which will be performing on New Year's Eve, at Queens Wharf on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers A SEMI-CONSTRUCTED cardboard funhouse will be the centerpiece of Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve celebrations that will conclude with afireworks finale at the family-friendly time of 9pm.
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The giant funhouse has been designed to allow for public interaction, encouraging attendees to roll up their sleeves and unleash theirhome renovation skills.

Local artists will provide creative materials to help decorate the construction, which will be on the rejuvenated Market Street Lawn.

Fireworks will be launched from Griffiths Park at Stockton to allowfor viewingfrom all along the harbour's foreshore and will last for 15 minutes.

Live music consisting of legendary rockers Dragon, Bowie Unzipped and GW Freebird Blues will keep partygoers entertained on the foreshore, along with a string of food stalls on Wharf Road.

“Our New Year’s Eve event will see families celebrate with a hands-on creative collaboration for the whole community and a fantastic line-up of entertainment throughout the evening - before enjoying our fireworks display,”Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“I want to thank Port of Newcastle for partnering with the City to provide this safe and fun activation to celebrate the New Year.”

Port of Newcastle chief executiveCraig Carmody said the organisationwas proud to be part of the celebration for another year.

“Since our first shipment in 1799, the Port and the City have grown and prospered together,”he said.

“We are proud to partner with the City of Newcastle to deliver a celebration for the community that will mark the beginning of our 220th year of commercial shipping in the Port.”

Colourful costumes can be created on the night to take part in a musical parade,inflatable slides and jumping castles will be on offer, and Happy Senses returns with a VIP experience.

“Following positive feedback from last year’s event, we’re repeating the VIP Sensory Area, which provides a safe base from where registered participants can explore the whole event or simply relax and enjoy the music,” Cr Nelmes said.

Opinion || Encryption laws impact on human rights

Opinion || Encryption laws impact on human rights

In the last hour, of the last day of Federal Parliament this year, unprecedented encryption access laws were rammed through the Senate and became law.
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This occurred despite politicians knowing that serious problems still exist.

The measures are complex, seemingly targeted, and to the everyday person, possibly of little consequence.

But they are some of the most far-reaching laws of their type introduced in the world and should be taken seriously by all ns – they impact our most basic rights.

The Law Council of , the voice of the legal profession, supports the purpose of the laws to keep us safe from the horror of terror attacks. But we believe that in the rush to get the legislation enacted it has been poorly executed.

This could have serious unintended consequences and there is a real risk these laws could be used for purposes outside protecting our national security.

The legislation’s capabilities can be exercised in relation to any crime with a maximum penalty of three years’ jail or more – a low threshold that sets a very broad scope.

Before they passed, the Law Council submitted these laws should only apply to crimes carrying a seven-year plus maximum prison term and should be specific to particular crimes, such as terrorism and child exploitation offences.

In the current form, however, these laws could, in theory, be used to target people suspected of relatively minor offences, such as theft.

The encryption access bill gives our law enforcement and intelligences agencies unprecedented powers to exercise intrusive covert powers, accessing messages sent over encrypted messaging software and intercepting communications.

The need for a warrant is also potentially side-stepped, as law enforcement agencies now have the power to issue “technical assistance requests” or “voluntary assistance requests” to designated communications providers to access and decrypt an individual’s private information.

Further, individuals – such as IT experts – could be held and forced to provide compulsory assistance without the safeguards necessary for detention, including being able to contact a lawyer. There is also a stark lack of assurances for lawyers, with a failure to protect the integrity of legal professional privilege.

It is the Law Council’s firm view our law enforcement agencies should not be allowed to bypass the need to obtain a warrant when accessing information via encrypted or intercepted communications.

The n Government’s rushed and politicised encryption access legislation, as it stands, is not fit for purpose and poses a real risk to the rule of law.

Next year Parliament has the chance to immediately revisit these laws and ensure they get them right.

The consequences of not doing so can impact us all.

Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of

Not-for-profit Newcastle wellness centre Integrated Living helps seniors stay active

Not-for-profit Newcastle wellness centre Integrated Living helps seniors stay active

Staying active: Wickham residents Ken and Jocelyn Hullick exercise at Newcastle's "wellness" centre for seniors twice a week.
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A “wellness centre” for seniors in Newcastle is bringing exercise and health services together to help improve the lives of older people.

The centre, run by a not-for-profit organisation, overlooks Newcastle Harbour.

It includes a gym with digital exercise equipment, manufactured in Finland.

“The machines actually have seatbelts in case you reckon you’ll fall off,” Wickham’s Ken Hullick, 80, said.

The equipment also has software to monitor customised exercise programs for each user.Gym-goers at the centre are given a swipe-card that is used to adjust resistance settings on each piece of equipment. This helps users to maintain a personalised program, while monitoring improvements.

The gym is designed to help older people stay active. It’s also aimed at those who require exercise for rehabilitation.

The Integrated Living site has been dubbed “Newcastle’s first purpose-built wellness centre for seniors”.

It’s considered a place where older people can socialise, as well as exercising and accessing health services.

For example, the centre has just launched other services for improving memory, foot care, diabetes, massage and nutrition. There’s a focus on ways to improve and manage chronic conditions.

Mr Hullick attends the gym with his wife, Jocelyn, twice a week.

Ken Hullick.“As we get older, we become more sedentary and get less exercise, then we start a downhill spiral,” Mr Hullick said.

Going to the gym, doing cardio and resistance exercises, helps build confidence, he said.

“As you get older, you lose a bit of confidence. You tend to avoid doing things because you’re not too sure whether you’re up to it.

“If you build up your strength, you build up your awareness and confidence.”

Mrs Hullick, 74, said she’d “had a couple of falls”. After attending the gym for a few months, she’d “certainly noticed the difference in my strength”.

“I really needed to build up my strength. I am feeling much fitter and getting stronger.”

The gym overlooks the harbour through big glass windows in Wharf Road.

No one can see in, which is a relief to self-conscious types, but it’s not so good for those who like to show off their muscles.

Integrated Living chief executive Catherine Daley said staying mobile “plays an integral part in remaining independent and healthy as we age”.

“We have one lady who used to need a walking stick, now she is so confident in her mobility that she often leaves her walking stick behind.”

Saville eyes new start with Open wildcard

Saville eyes new start with Open wildcard

Luke Saville is looking to play his way into the n Open with a wildcard win.Luke Saville is looking for a fresh start, with an appearance in the n Open the ideal way to reignite his tennis career.
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Saville will take on James Duckworth in Sunday's n Open wildcard playoff final at Melbourne Park, with both players keen to rediscover some winning form.

The victor will be rewarded with direct entry into the main singles draw of the January tournament.

Still just 24, Saville's world ranking has tumbled from a career-high 152 in 2015 to 476 and he has failed to feature in a grand-slam main draw since 2012.

A former junior world No.1, the winner of the Wimbledon and n Open junior titles has struggled with the transition to the senior field.

The South n said he felt he'd found some good form this week during the invitational tournament.

"I've been pretty happy with my game and have been playing well," Saville told Tennis .

"I've done some good work leading into this tournament and I'm happy to be playing off for a wildcard.

"It's a massive prize on offer."

Ranked 244, Duckworth has also had his struggles, undergoing five rounds of surgery on his foot, shoulder and elbow over 12 months.

The 26-year-old Sydneysider made six consecutive n Open main-draw appearances from 2012-17 and reached a career-high world No. 82 before the injury run.

"We know each other's games so well and James is a quality player - he's been top 100," Saville said.

"A few injuries have put him back outside but he's obviously a very good player."

Saville said Duckworth would start favourite for the final but he was happy just to be in with a chance.

"I'll go in as the underdog but I don't mind that tag.

"I just want to go out there and dig in, play another good match, serve well and I think I'll give myself the best chance if I do that."



India 3-172 in Perth, trail Aussies by 154

India 3-172 in Perth, trail Aussies by 154

Virat Kohli (R) and Ajinkya Rahane 50s have guided India after a shaky start in the 2nd Test.Virat Kohli has provided predictably composed resistance in the second Test, classily conquering some quality bowling as India reached 3-172 and trimmed 's lead to 154 runs at stumps on day two in Perth.
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The four-Test series was almost billed as a battle between and Kohli, such were the headlines and hype about the world's best batsman with an outstanding record in this country.

Kohli scored three and 34 during India's series-opening victory at Adelaide Oval, a reminder the world No.1 Test side boasted plenty of other threats.

But at Optus Stadium on Saturday there was no underplaying the importance of one individual, whose ongoing attritional battle with arguably the world's best attack has the potential to decide the contest.

Kohli finished 82 not out, steadying superbly after Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood rattled stumps, removed openers and reduced India to 2-8.

"We feel pretty confident whenever he is batting," Ishant Sharma said.

"We finished the day in a strong position.

"It's equal right now, hopefully we'll win the first session tomorrow and turn the game in our favour."

Usman Khawaja insisted hadn't lost the upper hand.

"We're still ahead of the game in a lot of respects," Khawaja said.

"Virat's a good batsman. He respects good balls and tries to put away bad ones.

"It took them 70 overs to get 170, so I still think one or two wickets hopefully in the first session on Sunday will be pretty big for us."

Kohli, metaphorically and literally on the front foot given he was batting well outside his crease despite the pace and threat posed by Starc and Hazlewood in their opening spells, required just nine balls to stroke four well-timed boundaries and deliver the latest reminder of his immense talent.

The hosts won the next round. There wasn't a single boundary in the next 21 overs and the captain's strike-rate dipped.

's quicks beat the superstar's bat semi-regularly, a couple of edges fell short of fielders, while Kohli boldly shouldered arms to a Nathan Lyon offspinner that turned sharply and almost kissed the top of off stump.

Kolhi twice required treatment in Saturday's final session, after a blow to the elbow then a scrape resulting from a dive necessitated by a mix-up between the wickets with Ajinkya Rahane.

The right-hander shooed physio Patrick Farhart away with disdain both times then reasserted his dominance by putting away a couple of the few loose balls provided.

Kohli and Rahane's stand is already worth 90 and has the potential to become match-winning on Sunday, when the second new ball is available in 11 overs.

Rahane, unbeaten on 51 after a painful blow to the right thumb inflicted by Hazlewood, and Cheteshwar Pujara, who fell tamely on 24, helped Kohli nudge India closer to first-innings parity.

Earlier, lost 4-16 to finish all out for 326 in their first innings.

Sharma removed Starc and Hazlewood to finish with 4-41, his best Test haul in .



Yeo emerges as potential Panthers skipper

Yeo emerges as potential Panthers skipper

Isaah Yeo has earned a reputation among the Penrith hierarchy as a long-term leader.He might not be considered a superstar but no-frills back-rower Isaah Yeo has emerged as a surprise contender to skipper Penrith next year.
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Ivan Cleary has yet to announce his leadership group for the 2019 NRL season and James Maloney isn't assured of retaining the job as the Panthers' new coach gets set to put his own mark on the side.

Maloney's future at the club is up in the air. While contracted for another two seasons, he continues to be linked to a move to the English Super League in 2020.

And after 108 NRL games, Yeo has earned a reputation among the Penrith hierarchy as a long-term leader and is highly regarded by Cleary.

He captained the side against the Warriors in Maloney's absence during the representative period this year.

And the 24-year-old is now in the running to lead the side next year along with Maloney and New Zealand Test skipper Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

Cleary handed Yeo his debut in his first stint as Panthers coach in round one in 2014 and after returning to Sydney's west a month-and-a-half ago, he said he couldn't have been more impressed with the Dubbo product.

"Isaah definitely has leadership potential and he is one guy that has noticeably matured in my eyes since I've come back," Cleary said.

"He debuted as a fresh-faced 20-year-old and I always thought he had the potential to be a good leader. And he's really growing in that mould."

Cleary admitted he was take aback when Michael Maguire handed Watene-Zelezniak the Kiwis' Test captaincy but said he was a candidate to skipper his club.

"That was probably a little bit of a shock (the Kiwis captaincy) but he loved it," Cleary said.

"Without being there and seeing how he went. He's another guy who was really matured."

Cleary did, however, rule out the prospect of his son and halfback Nathan taking over the captaincy, saying the 21-year-old wasn't ready for the job.

"If the day comes when he should be the captain then he should be," Cleary said.

"I don't think it's at that point yet.

"There's going to be some things in our relationship we don't know exactly how it's going to pan out but we'll just deal with it.

"I believe he's got leadership potential, for sure, but it'll be down the track somewhere."



Carl Williams home sold prior to auction

Carl Williams home sold prior to auction

The former house of underworld figure Carl Williams has been sold before an auction in Melbourne.The family home of murdered drug kingpin Carl Williams was sold on Saturday after his former wife failed in her bid to block the sale.
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The Essendon home was set to go to auction at midday on Saturday as the n Tax Office attempted to claw back money owed by Roberta Williams' former father-in-law George Williams' estate.

But it sold beforehand for an undisclosed amount.

Roberta Williams went to the Supreme Court to stop the sale by the n Taxation Office to pay off a $959,714 tax debt owed by George Williams' estate, linked to money he made importing drugs.

Her daughter with Carl, Dhakota Williams, was bequeathed the house in her grandfathers' will.

Justice Steven Moore on Friday rejected the claim to block the sale, allowing it to go ahead.

The property had a reserve price of $750,000, which he said would fall short of the amount owed to the tax office.

Sold by Nelson Alexander Essendon, the two-storey townhouse in Primrose Street was described as delivering an "outstanding low-maintenance lifestyle opportunity with its spacious floorplan, quality features throughout and private surrounds".

It also included "motorised security shutters all-round".

George Williams was first notified of the debt after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in November 2007.

The original debt proceedings were dropped, but fresh ones were brought in 2011 and in 2013 he agreed to mortgage his Primrose Street, Essendon property to the Commonwealth for $576,000 to cover the debt.

With interest, the figure is now just shy of a million dollars.



Weinstein ‘spoke of Jennifer Lawrence sex’

Weinstein ‘spoke of Jennifer Lawrence sex’

Jennifer Lawrence has denied Harvey Weinstein's alleged claim that the pair had sex.Harvey Weinstein has been hit with a lawsuit from an actress who claims he forced himself on her, and had bragged about having sex with actress Jennifer Lawrence.
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According to the suit, Weinstein pushed her to the ground during a meeting in his office in 2013.

He allegedly removed her underwear, began to perform oral sex and then repeatedly masturbated in front of her, and threatened to harm her career if she objected.

He asked, "Do you even want to be an actress?," as she started to sob in protest, according to the suit.

Weinstein said he was trying to help her and that he was the gateway to her dreams, according to the suit, adding, "I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she just won an Oscar."

Lawrence issued a statement on Friday denying that they had a sexual relationship.

"My heart breaks for all the women who were victimised by Harvey Weinstein," Lawrence said.

"I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women."

The plaintiff, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, said she first met Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.

She said she went to his suite at the Waldorf Astoria Park City, where Weinstein barged in on her while she was using the bathroom.

She said Weinstein pulled down his pants and masturbated, eventually ejaculating on her skirt.

Weinstein's lawyers have repeatedly denied that he engaged in non-consensual sex, and alleged that his accusers are lying about consensual relations.

Weinstein's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



CBS grants $A28m to women’s rights groups

CBS grants $A28m to women’s rights groups

There is news surfacing of other instances of sexual misconduct by top exec Les Moonves at CBS.CBS has pledged to give $US20 million ($A28 million) to 18 organisations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.
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The announcement comes as the network's crisis deepens, with details emerging from an ongoing investigation into Moonves' conduct and news surfacing of other instances of sexual misconduct at CBS.

In the latest revelation, CBS acknowledged that it reached a $US9.5 million ($A13.2 million) confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku, who said she was written off the show Bull in March 2017 after complaining about on-set sexual comments from its star, Michael Weatherly.

The funds for the grants to the 18 organisations are being deducted from severance owed to Moonves under his contract, and the company had previously said the former CEO would have a say in which groups would receive the money.

CBS said its donation to the 18 groups will go toward helping expand their work and "ties into the company's ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture."

The 18 organisations issued a joint statement praising the donations as a first step while calling on CBS to disclose the results of the Moonves investigation and the company's efforts to rectify practices that may have enabled misconduct.

"We thank CBS for these donations. We also recognise these funds are not a panacea, nor do they erase or absolve decades of bad behaviour," the groups said.

Moonves was ousted in September after the New Yorker published allegations from 12 women who said he subjected them to mistreatment that included forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted. Moonves has denied having any non-consensual sexual relationships.



Remains of Pearl Harbor sailor identified

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailor identified

Charles C. Gomez Jr was among the more than 2300 American military personnel killed at Pearl Harbor.Full military honours will be given to a Louisiana sailor whose remains have been identified more than 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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The remains of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles C. Gomez Jr. were accounted in September, the US's Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Friday.

Gomez was assigned to the USS Oklahoma battleship on December 7, 1941 when Japanese aircraft attacked it at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.

Among the more than 2300 American military personnel killed that day were 429 USS Oklahoma crewmen, including then-19-year-old Gomez.

His family was informed of the identity match earlier this week.

"I still can't believe it," said Charles Fogg, Gomez's nephew.

"It's unbelievable after all this time."

Fogg, 65, of Pearl River, Louisiana, never met his uncle but often heard his mother and her siblings talk about him during family gatherings.

"As a kid, I'd often hear my grandpa say, 'Pray for my son to be found.' I guess I was 6 or 7 at the time. But it all comes in God's time I guess," he said.

Until now, Gomez's remains had been interred among 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the site. Officials say a rosette will be placed by his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Fogg said the DPAA took DNA samples from his mother and one of her brothers to help identify the remains.

"We were hoping the identification would happen in their lifetime," he said. "We almost made it. Both of them recently passed away."

Fogg said a memorial service will be held at the Veterans Administration facility in Slidell on June 3, 2019, on what would have been Gomez's 97th birthday.

"That gives us time to really plan it and line things up right and give family time to get here. We're really excited about it. He's going to get full military honours," he said. "We're looking forward to it. It's a sad but exciting time, knowing that he's finally coming home."



Jets’ Jair wants flood of A-League goals

Jets’ Jair wants flood of A-League goals

Newcastle's Jair (L) hopes for a flood of goals after breaking his A-League duck against Brisbane.Jair hopes the rain won't be the only thing that pours this weekend in Newcastle.
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The Jets' import has ended a frustrating 18 months after breaking his A-League goal drought in last week's 2-0 win over Brisbane.

His first goal since scoring in April, 2017 in the K-League, the Brazilian celebrated emotionally with home fans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

"It's the first one and I have to celebrate a lot because, today, I'm here three months," Jair said.

"That's why I put too hot my emotion because it wasn't easy for me. So I prepare myself and also it's a big challenge to change the weight. But I'm happy."

The 30-year-old struggled to adapt to his new home, as well as attempting to shed weight over the pre-season.

He only signed in September with the Jets.

"I work so hard to lose my fat; I lost eight kilos between this time," he said.

"I got this gift (of a goal) and, hopefully, I'm keeping this weight, now with more confidence and hopefully score more.

"It's not easy. It's a new country, also.

"The language - sometimes is difficult to understand what the players will do. But (after) today, I think things will happen more naturally."

A confident Jair will be a huge boost for the Jets who have struggled to match last season's fairytale campaign that had ended in a title shot.

Failing to win a game over the opening month, they have triumphed in two of their past three and sit sixth on the table.

On Sunday, they take on undefeated ladder leaders Perth, who are off to the best start to a season in the club's history under new coach Tony Popovic.

The contest appears set to be soggy, with storms predicted to bash the eastern seaboard over the weekend.

Popovic identified the Jets' attack - which also includes Dimi Petratos and Ronald Vargas - as their most-dangerous asset.

"They've got four very dangerous players in attack," he said.

"They showed that last year, and they've shown glimpses of it this year without getting the result. There were certainly longer periods of that against Brisbane.

"We have to be aware of it. We don't have to fear it, certainly not."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Newcastle have won just two of their past 20 matches against Perth. Their last win at home came more than seven years ago

* Newcastle are one of just two teams - including Brisbane - who are yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a game this season

* Perth defender Ivan Franjic has made nine successful crosses from open play this campaign - three more than any other player.



Trump’s 2016 inaugural committee probed

Trump’s 2016 inaugural committee probed

The investigation marks the latest potential threat to Trump and people in his inner circle.US federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors.
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The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that prosecutors in New York are investigating whether some of the committee's donors made contributions in exchange for political favours and access to the Trump administration - a potential violation of federal corruption laws.

The inquiry, which the newspaper said is in its early stages, is also focused on whether the inauguration committee misspent some of the $US107 million ($A149 million) it raised to stage events celebrating Trump's inauguration.

The New York Times reported that prosecutors are examining whether people from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries made illegal payments to the committee and a pro-Trump super political action committee in a bid to influence American policy. Foreign contributions to inaugural funds and PACs are prohibited under federal law.

Both newspapers cited anonymous sources familiar with the inquiry.

The US attorney's office in Manhattan did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

The inaugural committee said it has not been contacted by federal prosecutors and is not aware of any investigations.

The investigation marks the latest potential threat to the president and people in his inner circle.

The Times and Wall Street Journal reported that it stemmed in part from materials the FBI seized earlier this year while probing the business dealings of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime fixer and personal lawyer.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison this week for tax evasion and campaign-finance violations.



Mueller: FBI not to blame for Flynn’s lies

Mueller: FBI not to blame for Flynn’s lies

Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison.US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, US prosecutors say.
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The rebuke by Special Counsel Robert Mueller came after Flynn's lawyers argued that the lack of an explicit warning before an interview with FBI agents in January 2017 should be a mitigating factor in his sentencing on Tuesday.

"A sitting National Security Adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents," Mueller's office said in a court filing.

"He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth."

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI agents about his conversations with Russia's then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, and has been cooperating with Mueller's probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election.

The FBI interview took place on January 24, 2017, soon after Trump took office.

In the filing Mueller said Flynn lied to the media and senior administration officials in the weeks leading up to the interview, telling them he had not discussed US sanctions against Russia with Kislyak when in fact he had.

"Thus, by the time of the FBI interview, the defendant was committed to his false story," Mueller's prosecutors wrote.

Mueller's filing was in response to an order by the judge to turn over documents related to the interview.

That order, in turn, followed a sentencing memo earlier this week by Flynn's lawyers in which they argued for leniency.

As mitigating factors, Flynn's lawyers cited both the lack of a warning about lying and a suggestion by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to Flynn that the "quickest way" to conduct the interview was without counsel present.

Critics of the Mueller probe had jumped on those assertions to promote the idea that Flynn had been set up.

Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. His plea agreement states, however, that he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask the court not to impose a fine.

Mueller, who last week cited Flynn's "substantial" co-oepration in recommending no prison time, said in Friday's filing that Flynn still deserved a sentence at the low end of the federal guideline range providing "the defendant continues to accept responsibility for his actions".

Trump has denied there was collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, and has labelled Mueller's probe a "witch hunt."

Russia has denied it meddled in the election, contrary to the conclusion of US intelligence agencies.