WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday brought the news that former Trump National Security Adviser and retired General Mike Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI during the course of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“On or about January 24, 2017, defendant MICHAEL T. FLYNN did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States.”
The special counsel charged that Flynn lied about not asking then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on December 29, 2016, and saying he did not recall that Kislyak told him Russia would moderate its response as a result.
It also charged that Flynn lied about asking Kislyak on December 22, 2016 to delay a vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution, and that Kislyak did not describe Russia’s response to the request.
Flynn is scheduled to appear at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at 10: 30 a.m. on Friday, where he is expected to plead guilty as part of a plea deal.
The plea deal has lead some to believe Flynn has flipped and cooperating with Mueller to give them more information on Trump. Flynn reportedly said the order to reach out to the Russian ambassador came directly from Trump.
Democrats are already howling that this is a smoking gun, but time after time the Left has been left wanting when new developments turned out to come nowhere near confirming their assertions that Russia colluded with Trump to steal the election of 2016.
There is no indication that Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador, even at Trump’s direction, is even illegal.
The indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had nothing to do with the original scope of the investigation, and now Flynn is pleading guilty, not to criminal collusion, but to lying in the course of his interrogation.
How far will the investigation go to nail Trump? It is rumored that the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is next on the indictment list.