“Michael Flynn flips, admits lies”
Michael Flynn, the disgraced ex-general who served as President Trump’s first national security adviser, pleaded guilty yesterday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians, and he agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s ongoing probe into whether the foreign power meddled in the 2016 election.
But Flynn’s admission to one count of making false statements on its own does not bring special counsel Robert Mueller any closer to proving collusion between the Trump team and the Russians, an illegal quid pro quo that could bring down the White House, according to a former special prosecutor who has reviewed the plea deal.
“It is a little odd to see a single-count false statements plea in connection with a cooperation arrangement,” former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray told the Herald. “Ordinarily you would expect that, if there was more there, the government would have insisted he plead guilty to it.”