Michael Flynn ‘Certainly has a Story to Tell’ and Now He’s Telling it
Back in March Michael Flynn’s lawyer said of him that he certainly has a story to tell.
Now he appears to be telling it.
NEW: Michael Flynn's lawyer meets with members of special counsel's team, raising specter of plea deal, reports ABC News https://t.co/aKWPWWSRMG
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 27, 2017
The news that Flynn’s lawyers are no longer discussing the Russia investigation with the Trump team can only mean a few things.
“Michael Kranish, Tom Hamburger, and Carol Leonnig report that Michael Flynn’s legal troubles are getting worse all the time:
In June 2015, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn took a little-noticed trip to Egypt and Israel, paid for by a U.S. company he was advising. The company hoped to build more than two dozen nuclear plants in the region in partnership with Russian interests.
Flynn’s quiet involvement in that project — and his failure to disclose his ties to the effort — could complicate the legal issues facing President Trump’s former national security adviser, who has signaled he may be willing to cooperate with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
“If he’s not singing, Flynn looks like he’s headed up the river, to the slammer, the can, the big house, the hoosegow, the pokey … anyhow, he’s in big trouble.”
As is his son which is why he likely is cooperating.
“The conspicuous lack of charges against Michael Flynn and Michael G. Flynn, despite reports that Robert Mueller already has enough evidence to arrest the former national security adviser and his son, invites the obvious question: has the elder Flynn already turned state’s witness? The tantalizing possibility that Flynn, like George Papadopoulos, has flipped, gained new currency last week when The New York Times reported that Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, had ended an agreement to share relevant information about the ongoing Justice Department investigation with Donald Trump’s legal team—a move that could presage a new arrangement with Mueller. Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump, dismissed that interpretation at the time, telling the Washington Post, “No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president.” But a new report that Kelner met with members of the special counsel’s team suggests that Flynn has, in fact, cut some kind of deal.”
“According to ABC News, Kelner visited Mueller’s offices in Washington, D.C., on Monday—a development that could indicate the two sides are discussing a plea deal. (Keller declined to comment on the meaning of the meeting.) That could have far-reaching implications for the president and members of his campaign. Of the many Trumpworld characters ensnared in Mueller’s probe, Flynn is perhaps one of the most pivotal; not only does he lay claim to some of the most questionable Russian contacts, but he could also prove to be immeasurably valuable in revealing whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to derail Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. If anyone knows where the bodies are buried, it’s the man who acted as a key adviser to Trump during his insurgent bid for the White House, the transition, and the early, tumultuous days of his presidency.”
It’s almost as if God don’t like ugly and She’s pissed…
Flynn is pivotal to the Russia investigation on many levels and if he’s cooperating there are a lot of people in the WH starting with Trump and Mike Pence who should be very worried.
There are a long list of Trump officials, colleagues and relatives who have reason to worry.
- Both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who first headed the transition, and Pence, who replaced him, claim they did not know about Flynn’s legal troubles over his ties to Turkey. If they falsely told investigators this, Flynn could contradict them, leaving them vulnerable to charges of lying to federal investigators.
- Likewise, Pence and others in the administration claim to have been in the dark about Flynn’s communications with the Russians during the transition. If they knew differently, again they face charges of making false claims.
- Flynn would also be in a position to substantiate contacts between campaign officials (e.g., Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., Carter Page) and Russian officials, thereby supporting claims of collusion or at the very least exposing them to perjury charges based on testimony under oath or on financial disclosure forms.
- As Trump’s most visible foreign policy adviser, Flynn would have had a front-row seat to a host of events — the change in the Republican National Convention platform to deny Ukraine arms to defend against Russian aggression, the drafting of his foreign policy speech in the spring of 2016 to which Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was invited and the hiring of so many advisers with ties (financial and otherwise) that may reveal a concerted plan to cooperate with the Russia.
“It’s Trump himself who may have the most to lose from Flynn’s cooperation with Mueller. Trump has denied knowing about contacts with Russian officials. Flynn’s testimony to the contrary could be politically fatal to Trump.”
Flynn also claims Trump remained in contact with him after he was fired:
“Moreover, Flynn claims that Trump remained in contact with him after Flynn was fired. (“Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump; [Flynn] indicated that he and the president were still in communication. ‘I just got a message from the president to stay strong,’ Flynn said after [a meal with supporters] was over, according to two sources who are close to Flynn and are familiar with the conversation, which took place on April 25.”) Flynn might therefore be able to substantiate claims that Trump intended to interfere with the investigation, which may amount to obstruction of justice. Did Flynn know in advance that Trump was going to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, and did he know if the reason Trump wanted to shut down the investigation was related to the Russia investigation and/or Flynn’s own wrongdoing? If so, Trump and those who advised the president to fire Comey (e.g., Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Sessions) could be in deep trouble.”
Yes Michael Flynn certainly has a story to tell.
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