As long as Robert Mueller is allowed to run amok with this stupid Russian salad dressing investigation, anyone close to President Trump or even once close to President Trump is going to be investigated, and the tiniest infraction will be charged in the hopes that it will taint the Trump presidency.
Mike Flynn is the latest to be charged by Mueller, for “lying to the FBI” about conversations Flynn had with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. He may not have remembered something correctly. He may have said they were talking about professional ice hockey when it was really Olympic ice hockey. He may have said he had Ranch dressing on his salad when a restaurant receipt proves it was Blue Cheese dressing. It is hard to tell how obscure the “lie” is that Mueller is attempting to pin on Trump’s former national security advisor, and we may never know as leftist tool Mueller wants to keep the details of the charge hidden, not because he is such a nice guy, concerned about Flynn’s reputation, but, rather, because his liberal lords want the court of public opinion to imagine the worst, that Flynn is just a LIAR, a grave threat to national security, which means, of course, according to liberal weenie logic, that President Trump is a liar and national security threat and should be impeached immediately.
Flynn has announced that he will plead guilty to the charges, obviously part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
.@KatiePavlich: "The closest we get to Russia with the Flynn information that we have is that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador, but that would be a normal thing for any incoming @WhiteHouse National Security Adviser to do." pic.twitter.com/FvEdF6vtQX
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 1, 2017
Washington (CNN)Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn will plead guilty Friday to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador, according to court documents.
He is due to appear in court later Friday morning, a court spokesperson said. The White House declined to immediately comment.
Flynn is the first Trump administration official and the fourth connected to the campaign to be charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump’s team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month; they pleaded not guilty. And Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the FBI over contacts with officials connected to the Russian government.
Flynn’s lawyers have previously criticized media reports about his connection to the Russia investigation as peddling “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him.” Flynn hasn’t spoken publicly since his ouster in February.
The charges mark yet another stunning downfall for Flynn, 58, a retired general who rose to the highest ranks of the Army over a three-decade career — only to see him drummed out of the military by the Obama administration before unexpectedly rising again on the heels of Trump’s election victory.
A key campaign surrogate and adviser during President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Flynn was tapped as Trump’s national security adviser in November 2016, a senior White House job that put him in a vital role for all of the administration’s national security and foreign policy decisions.
Though he wasn’t initially considered for the top job, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner made it clear to the Trump transition team that they wanted him there, CNN has reported.
Flynn would hold the job less than a month, resigning from the post after he misled Vice President Mike Pence and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in which they discussed US sanctions against Russia.
Flynn is also the spark of potential trouble for the President in Mueller’s probe, as the special counsel is investigating potential obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee that Trump asked him to drop the Flynn probe during a February Oval Office meeting not long after Flynn resigned as national security adviser.
Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak attracted scrutiny from federal investigators as part of the FBI’s broader counterintelligence investigation of Russian activities in the US, and the calls were captured by routine US eavesdropping targeting the Russian diplomat, CNN has reported.
The Trump transition team acknowledged that Flynn and Kislyak spoke on the day in December 2016 that the Obama administration issued new sanctions against Russia and expelled 35 diplomats, but they insisted the conversation did not include sanctions — including denials that Pence and Priebus later repeated on national television.
Flynn resigned on February 13 after reports that he and Kislyak had spoken about sanctions and that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
Details of how the DOJ warned the White House about Flynn’s conduct were revealed months later in stunning testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who said that she “believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians” because of the misleading denials.
The charging document states that Flynn made a false statement to the FBI when he stated that in December 2016 he did not ask Kislyak “to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and Flynn did not recall the Russian ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”
The document also says that Flynn falsely said he did not ask Kislyak to delay the vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.
After his resignation, Flynn and his businesses quickly became a major interest of the House and Senate intelligence committee Russia probes.
But in March, Flynn’s lawyer dropped a bombshell: “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” attorney Robert Kelner said, adding that Flynn was seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony. Committee leaders quickly rejected the offer.
Both committees eventually subpoenaed Flynn and his lobbying business, and he provided documents to both the House and Senate panels in June.
Flynn has not spoken to the congressional committees and has refused requests to appear voluntarily.