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Fmr. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to plead guilty to lying to the FBI

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9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 10:42:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mich...

Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, has reached a plea deal with the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

He is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his back channel conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn’s plea signals the former top adviser to Trump is now cooperating with the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. A brief statement released by Mueller’s team Friday morning does not say what information Flynn has provided the government as part of this deal, but sources familiar with the agreement told ABC News Friday he has made a decision to assist investigators.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 10:49:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
The charges come from a conversation he had on January 24. So - not before the campaign, not during the campaign, not during the transition. After Trump had been inaugurated and Flynn had been sworn in as NSA.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:05:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
His guilty plea has now been accepted. I’m hoping we’ll get some info on what he might be offering info on.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:19:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/1/17 - 11:05:03 AM Rik_Khaos wrote:
His guilty plea has now been accepted. I’m hoping we’ll get some info on what he might be offering info on.

I assume we won't get any information about that until the next time someone gets indicted, though. They won't show their hand.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:32:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I dunno, when popadoplus pled they showed some broad strokes.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:36:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah but they allowed that to be unsealed (probably on purpose; it was done at a very specific time, and put some very specific people on notice). They could easily make a case to a judge to keep the Flynn documents sealed for a long time.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:39:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
True. We’ll see what docs emerge.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:42:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just the charging document so far.

https://www.justice.gov/file/101502...

So the lie (at least the one he's copped to) was:

1. About talking to the Russian Ambassador during the transition
2. About a sanctions deal
3. And about delaying/defeating a UN Security Council vote

9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:53:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
The prosecutor in the hearing said that senior transitions officials directed his talks and he was in communication with them during the discussion.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:09:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
And as far as "senior transition officials" who aren't named Michael Flynn, it's a pretty f*cking short list.

Especially when it's foreign policy related. That's basically Jared. Or Trump. And…that's pretty much it.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:13:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Pence too as head of the transition team. ( provide this was after he replaced Christie)

This was while people were at maralago. I’ll see if I can find out who was there at that time.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:22:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Statement of offense (PDF)

There's a lot more detail about the actual conversation(s) he lied about, and a timeline of when he talked to these "senior transition officials" (they use two different titles so it seems like probably more than one person).
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:22:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/1/17 - 12:13:39 PM Rik_Khaos wrote:
Pence too as head of the transition team. ( provide this was after he replaced Christie) This was while people were at maralago. I’ll see if I can find out who was there at that time.

Pence had way more to do with the domestic side of the transition, is the thing. Jared seems more likely.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:36:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I assume kushner is drated.

Especially since he just met with the special prosecutors office this month about Flynn. If he lied about what Flynn has told them he’s toast.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:46:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol "if he lied"

Now do we really think the guy who's lied multiple times on his financial disclosures, left over a hundred foreign contacts off his forms, and reportedly can't pass his security clearance interview would lie?
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:52:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I mean with his history he almost surely lied or omitted something. But i’ll Reserve final judgment until I see what comes out.

So in that document it talks about senior transition officials ( plural) . I know the Logan act isn’t one that usually enforced but neither was FARA. We see muller isn’t afraid to pull those out. I bet we have a slew of Logan act charges pending.

Additionally there was the mention of a VERY senior transition official, my money is that is trump.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:35:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
The FBI had Flynn on FARA violations and lying charges, at least. His son will not face charges as a result of Flynn’s plea. The only reason the FBI would offer Flynn this deal is if he can give them incriminating info on someone(s) higher up the chain. The only people higher up the chain are Trump and Pence. Sessions or even Sessions and Kushner wouldn’t be enough to give Flynn this deal.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:41:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
That’s not to say Flynn won’t also give info on lower Targets (eg Sessions and Kushner).

Mueller’s team did just interview Kushner, and Flynn has certainly been cooperating since before the Kushner interview. So Mueller’s team might already have a case against Kushner for lying.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:43:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
That Kushner interview was the first thing I thought of when I saw this news. I'm no lawyer, but I smell a perjury trap.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:45:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Lying to the FBI, but essentially the same thing.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:45:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well I did say I'm no lawyer
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:49:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thanks Court, was wondering what Flynn actually gets out of this.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 2:00:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
My prediction: expect Trump to do something monumentally stupid soon like issuing pardons or going after Mueller. His presidency is going to implode.
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 2:21:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder how Flynn Jr. feels today, knowing that the only reason he's not getting indicted is his dad took this deal. I mean you know you f*cked up when...
9 days ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 2:44:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure there's a book deal in the works.

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