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There’s One Thing Trump Is Missing About The Michael Flynn Plea And It’s Going To Be His Undoing

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Michael Flynn, formerly President Trump’s national security advisor for a full 25 days before being released from his duties, had plead guilty to lying to the FBI. In the court filing recently made public, prosecutors charge Flynn with “willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI four days after starting his term in the White House about conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.

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Prosecutors allege that Flynn told the FBI that he did not ask Kislyak to delay a vote in the United Nations Security Council on an Israeli settlement resolution, when in fact he did. To make the situation worse, Flynn was directed to make the call by a “very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team,” though that member has not been identified. The Associated Press and NBC have both reported that the unnamed official is Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

This isn’t even everything. Flynn is also charged with lying about a conversation from last December, where Kislyak contacted Flynn to discuss how Russia should respond to President Obama’s sanctions over their meddling in the 2016 election. After speaking with, once again, this “senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” at Mar-a-Lago, Flynn advised Kislyak for Russia to “not escalate the situation.” The next day, Russian president Vladimir Putin publicly responded, saying that they would not retaliate against Obama’s sanctions and Trump tweeted, as he is known to do.

Yes, I’ll bet you knew he was very smart. As I’m sure you can imagine, it is highly unusual for aides to be conducting foreign policy before inauguration. Once his guilty plea was made public, Flynn released a statement of, not necessarily apology, but of recognition?

“I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country.”

Of course, the administration distanced themselves from Flynn and his actions. White House lawyer Ty Cobb says Flynn is “a former National Security Adviser at the White House for 25 days and a former Obama administration official,” and nothing about the guilty plea “implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.” Prosecutors seemed to expect this move and deliberately highlighted that Flynn was close to Trump and was a senior member of his team.

Don’t forget, this investigation into Flynn is directly tied in with former FBI director James Comey’s firing. It sounds like there is a formerly hidden tangled web of deception all coming to light at the same time. Trump better watch out because this is, finally, what we needed to see the end of this madness. Mueller is coming.

 


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