Member of Trump team directed Russian Federation contacts, says Michael Flynn

Saul Bowman
December 2, 2017

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

"Flynn's false statements and omissions impeded and otherwise had a significant material effect on the FBI's ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", the document declares.

"I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong", Flynn said in a statement. "I accept full responsibility for my actions", he said.

Flynn asks for immunity in exchange for testifying to the House and Senate intelligence committees investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, negotiations that were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office announced the charge before Flynn appeared in a Virginia courtroom Friday morning to enter the plea.

Jack Posobiec, an aggressively loyal social media Trump sycophant who was kicked out of a pizza restaurant for filming a child's birthday party in an attempt to discover the truth about "Pizzagate", made desperate attempts to spin for President Trump after news broke that General Mike Flynn had testified that officials from the Trump campaign instructed him to talk with Russians.

Lefcourt, a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said it signals that Mueller believes information from Flynn will be used to successfully prosecute other Trump associates. The disgraced Flynn - who was sacked for covering up his interactions last December with Sergei Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to the United States - pleaded guilty to charges filed by Mueller that Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about those talks with Kislyak.

The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official. Flynn also denied receiving a response to the request.

To start with, and there are already reports to this effect, Flynn can say it was President-elect Trump and/or other Trump aides who directed him to say what he did to Kislyak.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain. "It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out", Flynn told the Daily Caller at the time.

"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", Cobb said.

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn", he said.

Since the first allegations of Russian interference a year ago, Trump has dismissed it as "fake news" and an excuse for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's stunning loss in the election.

But Trump has repeatedly rejected that view.

Next, Flynn can tell Mueller what, if anything, he knows about the contacts between Russian Federation and a series of Trump officials in 2016, including meetings, emails, phone calls and trips involving Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Carter Page, Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos.

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