"I accept your guilty plea", responded Judge Rudolph Contreras, adding: "There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal". Flynn was dismissed as national security adviser after it emerged he had lied about the conversations to Vice President Mike Pence.
"There's s been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy". Flynn's statements about his Russian Federation contacts and his 2016 consulting work for a Turkish client both came under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Critics claimed on Saturday that President Trump inadvertently admitted to obstruction of justice as he tried to distance himself from his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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This would blow up about a hundred Trump camp denials that there was coordinated high-level campaign contact with Russian Federation, and would suggest that Russia-related actions personally undertaken by Trump in 2016 (as opposed to merely the actions of his top lieutenants and/or family members) are under law enforcement scrutiny. The key question now is what Flynn knows that could incriminate others and what he might have offered in exchange for such a lenient plea deal.
The main difference is that there is actually evidence of serious scandal with James Comey and the Obama administration in regards to the Hillary Clinton email case, while the Russian Federation collusion narrative, as far as it personally involves President Trump, is driven one hundred percent by sheer speculation.
During his testimony to Congress in June, Comey said Trump asked him in February to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn centering on his calls with Kislyak during the transition.
As acting attorney general at the end of the Obama administration, Yates and another Justice Department official went to the White House on January 26 to warn White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was potentially compromised and vulnerable to blackmail because of discrepancies between the public accounting of the Kislyak conversation and what actually occurred. It seems he's feeling smug about the turn of events at the White House.
Trump said Saturday that he's not anxious about what Flynn would disclose as part of his plea deal with Mueller's team. At about 2 a.m., Mr. Strzok wrote an email to Mr. Comey and scheduled it to send at 6 a.m. When asked if he was anxious what the former national security advisor will tell the special counsel, the president responded, "No, I'm not". Mueller was ramping up his investigation into Mr. Trump's former advisers, while also coming under criticism for putting many donors to Democratic candidates on his team.