Michael Flynn makes perp walk, says he's cooperating with special counsel

Jared Kusher

Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has said a senior member of the president's transition team directed him to make contact with Russian officials in December 2016. "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".

ABC News, citing an unnamed source, reported that Flynn is prepared to testify Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians".

White House lawyer Ty Cobb told The Associated Press that Flynn's guilty plea and pledge to cooperate with the Russian Federation investigation does not implicate "anyone other than Mr. Flynn".

That is, undoubtedly, why Trump made his special plea to Comey in February, why Trump fired Comey and why the White House has circled the wagons against Mueller's Russiagate investigation.

The plea secured by Mueller may prompt the White House and its allies to seek to curtail congressional investigations, as President Trump has attempted to do already, or end the Special Counsel's work prematurely.

Flynn's plea, Warner said, "comes on the heels of a new report about the President's efforts to silence the independent, bipartisan Senate investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation".

Intelligence officials, looking for clues to why Putin decided not to retaliate against the imposed sanctions, discover Flynn's conversations with Kislyak, whose communications are routinely monitored by the U.S government. At a time when tensions were hightened between the U.S. and Russia, Flynn was asked about whether he discussed sanctions against the country with the ambassador before he took office.




He was forced to resign in February after misleading the White House about meeting the Russian ambassador before Trump took office.

Court documents say Flynn was instructed by "a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team" to discuss holding back on retaliation with Kislyak.

Signs of Flynn cooperating with Mueller's team surfaced in the past week, as his lawyers told the legal team they could no longer discuss information about the case with them. Flynn's decision to admit to these lies and cooperate with the Special Counsel occurred, if press reports are to be believed, with the backdrop of broad legal exposure by Flynn, in addition to his son. Scheduled grand jury testimony regarding Flynn was also postponed by prosecutors.

Warner noted that it's the second Trump campaign associate to plead guilty to making false statements, while former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy are facing a slew of charges. That appears to refer to the body's vote a day later to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

At the time, Israel was lobbying furiously against the resolution and President-elect Trump's team spoke up on behalf of the Jewish state. Flynn has five exchanges with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that day.

"As to the United Nations, things will be different after January 20th", Trump said, referencing his upcoming inauguration.

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