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

Posted December 02, 2017

Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of at least two members of Trump's transition team who were intimately aware of his outreach to Russian government officials in the weeks before the inauguration. We hope that the cooperation of General Flynn that Special Counsel has secured as a part of this plea agreement extends to Flynn's cooperation with our committee, as his testimony could greatly advance our efforts.

In the second statement Flynn made on December 22, 2016, Flynn denied asking a Russian Ambassador to delay or defeat a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Flynn was accused of falsely telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he had not talked about sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the USA during a December 2016 meeting, according to prosecutors with the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the AP reported.

Previous reports have purported that Flynn spoke with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak shortly after President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, is the "very senior" member of the presidential transition identified by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as having instructed him to reach out to Russian Federation and several other countries last December, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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McFarland was brought to the transition team and later to the White House by Flynn, who was sacked for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak.

Flynn rejected claims that he had committed treason, but said he accepts "full responsibility for his actions." .

The sanctions were ordered in response to "aggressive harassment of USA officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election", Obama said in a statement on December 29, 2016.

White House attorney Ty Cobb downplayed the significance of Flynn's decision to cooperate with Mueller, though the former Trump adviser said that he had kept senior administration officials apprised of his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential transition previous year.

The Obama administration, in a rare step that shocked its Middle East ally, planned to abstain on the motion rather than veto it as had been done in the past.

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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".

Friday's news made clear that Trump's inner circle, if not the president himself, are increasingly under threat by Mueller's investigation.

For Trump, the focus is on whether he has tried to stifle the investigation, including by firing FBI chief James Comey in May, which could draw charges of obstruction of justice, the same charges that forced president Richard Nixon from office in 1974.

Mueller's investigators have interviewed members of Trump's family, his top advisors, business partners and lawyers over their actions.

But Trump has repeatedly rejected that view. He has been under investigation for a wide range of allegations, including lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, but the fact that he was charged only with a single count of false statements suggests he is cooperating with Mueller in exchange for leniency.

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Flynn is at the center of a broader investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election campaign.