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Why Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea is Bad for Donald Trump and His Family

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

You may have heard President Donald Trump’s attorneys downplay the recent guilty plea entered by former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. Don’t believe them for one minute.



It is a nightmare for the president on so many levels. Not only is the guilty plea damaging to the president, it is also damaging to those closest to him including son in-law Jared Kushner, his son Donald Trump Jr., and daughter Ivanka Trump.

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Michael Flynn is the fourth Trump campaign official implicated in criminal activity by special counsel Robert Mueller, and the second to plead guilty. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a Manafort confidante and Trump campaign adviser, have been indicted.

So has George Papadopoulos. The former foreign adviser to the Trump campaign pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Papadopoulos, Manafort and Gates all turned themselves in to authorities after their indictments.

Manafort could be in for more jail time if convicted, but Flynn has additional incentive to cooperate with Mueller, namely his son who is also being investigated by the special counsel.




Already Michael Flynn has admitted during his guilty plea that he was in touch with Trump campaign officials throughout his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He also admitted that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.

That puts Trump in the room, so to say. And that is very serious.

Flynn also agreed to “fully cooperate” with the Mueller team, meaning he is willing to tell investigators everything he knew about Russia and Trump, and Trump campaign’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. If Mueller made a deal with Flynn as has been reported, it means the former adviser has agreed to give up higher-ups, and has important information of interest to Mueller.

“It has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts,” Flynn said in a statement, moments after his guilty plea.

“Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right.”



Richard Frankel, a former senior aide to Flynn told ABC News that Flynn agreed to cooperate following immense pressure from prosecutors but he is convinced that cooperating is the “right move” for the country.

“I don’t know how much General Flynn knows about any criminal activity that took place during the campaign or in the White House,” said Frankel, who also served in a senior role at the FBI. “However, General Flynn was a top adviser to President Trump in the campaign and a top adviser to him when he entered into the WH so if there are bodies buried so to speak, General Flynn would know about them in my opinion.”

Consider that Trump had earlier stated that he did not direct the former National Security Adviser to engage in any conversations with the Russians. Flynn’s testimony will be in direct conflict with that assertion by Trump.

Even if you discount Mr. Flynn as a liar for his past comments and statements to the contrary, experts believe Flynn may have documents including email messages from various Trump campaign officials indicating he is now telling the truth.






Flynn released a statement after his guilty plea Friday taking full responsibility for his decisions and pledging to fully cooperate with Mueller.

“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. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said.

The key word here is “in the best interest of my family” indicating that Flynn believes that facing the possibility of five years in prison is much less severe that having his son indicted by the Mueller team.

“I don’t know how much General Flynn knows about any criminal activity that took place during the campaign or in the White House,” said Frankel, who also served in a senior role at the FBI. “However, General Flynn was a top adviser to President Trump in the campaign and a top adviser to him when he entered into the WH so if there are bodies buried so to speak, General Flynn would know about them in my opinion.”

Consider also that admitting to lying to the FBI precludes Mr. Flynn from being able to take a fifth on any questions – meaning he will have to fully and honestly answer all questions he is asked.




Also, because of the guilty plea, Trump will not be allowed to offer him any kind of immunity or protection. That frees the former security adviser to fully cooperate with the Mueller team in hope of getting leniency for his son. That is what makes this much more dangerous for Donald Trump and his family.

SEE ALSO: White House Doesn’t Care if U.S. President Donald Trump Spreads Lies, Fake Videos.

Did Trump son in-law Jared Kushner secretly meet or talk with Russian officials at any time before, during or after the 2016 election and lied about it? What was Ivanka’s role, if any, throughout the campaign and transition period? What about Vice President Mike Pence, has he been lying or telling the truth all along?




Flynn is in a position to know and is now obligated to tell all to Mueller’s team assuming he hasn’t already.

Senate intelligence committee officials are also asking Jared Kushner to come back and testify again following the guilty plea by Flynn. This implies that committee members believe Kushner may have perjured himself under oath during his previous testimony.

If Kushner perjured himself, can Mueller pressure him to testify as well, or possibly indict him with the help of information provided by the former National Security Adviser?

Stay tuned.

 

 

Associate Editor, The Liberal Advocate News

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