[Rushtalk] Michael Flynn pleads guilty to false-statements charge in Russia probe

C JUNO cwsiv at juno.com
Mon Dec 18 13:46:02 MST 2017

The more we examine the O administration the more skelitins come out of
the closet.
Now we know why Hillary was hired by O because she knew how to get away
with stuff.

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to false-statements charge in Russia probe 
Judson Berger
By Judson Berger | Fox News 
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Tucker's Thoughts: Flynn's guilty plea today doesn't prove that Trump
officials colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential
election. It undercuts it. #Tucker
Tucker: Flynn's guilty plea doesn't prove collusion

Tucker's Thoughts: Flynn's guilty plea today doesn't prove that Trump
officials colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential
election. It undercuts it. #Tucker

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to
making false statements to the FBI – as part of a deal that involves his
full cooperation with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's
Russia probe. 

Court documents show Flynn has acknowledged to investigators that at
least two Trump transition members were involved in his outreach to
Russian officials – though he initially gave false statements about
those discussions.

The documents say that in late December 2016, Flynn called a senior
transition official (identified as the "PTT official") to ask what to
communicate to the Russian ambassador about sanctions. That official and
Flynn discussed how they didn’t want Russia to "escalate the situation,"
something Flynn immediately told the ambassador in a phone call.

A source with full knowledge of the investigation told Fox News on
Friday that the “PTT official” named in the document is in fact K.T.
McFarland, who was Flynn’s deputy at the time and previously was a Fox
News national security analyst.

John Roberts reports from the White House that McFarland is the unnamed
senior Trump transition official that directed former National Security
Adviser Michael Flynn to contact foreign governments including Russia.
Source: KT McFarland is Trump official in Flynn charging doc
The documents also say that in mid-December, a “very senior member” of
the Trump transition team directed Flynn to contact foreign governments
including Russia over a United Nations vote regarding Israeli
settlements. Flynn in turn contacted the Russian ambassador.

The Associated Press reports the “very senior” official was Trump
son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

A source with knowledge of the investigation, however, told Fox News
that this was part of an effort involving several transition officials
making numerous calls. The source claimed Kushner did not specifically
direct Flynn to call Russia, though did get the ball rolling on the
phone calls in general. 

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, tne-National Security Adviser
Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House,
in Washington. Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient
Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms, according to one of
his brothers, who says Flynn is “moving on with his life.
Michael Flynn has been charged with making false statements.  (AP) 

President Trump himself also was said to be involved in directing
outreach to other countries. A former senior intelligence officer with
knowledge of Trump transition activities told Fox News on Friday that
then-President-elect Trump directed Flynn as well as McFarland during
that period to contact the Russians -- while also directing the team to
contact 12 other countries.

“The transition team felt that the Obama White House had completely
abandoned any coherent foreign policy and had to fill the vacuum,” the
former official told Fox News.

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The purpose of the calls, according to the source, was to assure the
other nations that the incoming administration would soon be in place
and not to overreact to last-minute actions taken by the Obama team.

In a statement, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said “nothing” about the plea
implicates anyone other than Flynn.

According to the plea document, Flynn has agreed to “cooperate fully,
truthfully, completely and forthrightly” with the probe, with sentencing
delayed until those efforts “have been completed.”

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, becomes the first Trump
ex-White House official charged in the special counsel probe. 

His tenure at the White House was brief -- he was fired for similar
conduct, pertaining to undisclosed discussions with the Russians -- and
Flynn had been under investigation even before the special counsel probe
over lobbying work for Turkey and other issues. The fact that he faced
just one count prompted immediate speculation that Flynn was cooperating
and offering information to Mueller's team. 

In a written statement, Flynn said "it has been extraordinarily painful
to endure these many months of false accusations of 'treason' and other
outrageous acts."

However, he said, "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. 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

A source close to Flynn said financial and emotional pressure helped
lead to the decision to plead guilty, rather than endure a drawn-out
court battle. 

In his statement, White House lawyer Cobb said: “The false statements
involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which
resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the
guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”

Flynn entered the plea at a federal court in Washington, D.C., shortly
after Mueller's office released a one-count charging document. The
false-statements charge pertains to Flynn's interactions with the
Russian ambassador in late December -- specifically discussions about
sanctions and other matters he apparently claimed never happened. 

Flynn was accused of "willfully and knowingly" making the false
statements to the FBI while serving in the Trump administration.

According to the charging document, those false statements were that: 

      * "On or about Dec 29, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Government of
        Russia’s Ambassador to the United States ... 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."
      * "On or about December 22, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Russian
        Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United
        Nations Security Council resolution; and  that the Russian
        Ambassador subsequently never described to FLYNN Russia’s
        response to his request.”

The latter statement appears to refer to the body's vote a day later to
condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration
refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain. The
rest of the 15-nation council, including Russia, voted unanimously
against Israel. At the time, Israel was lobbying furiously against the
resolution and President-elect Trump's team spoke up on behalf of the
Jewish state. 

Democrats, meanwhile, used Friday's development to up the pressure on
Republicans to give the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016
election space to proceed. 

"This time, the president can’t get away with claiming these charges
aren’t about his inner circle’s contacts with Russia, and he can’t
dismiss Michael Flynn as some low-level aide," Democratic National
Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. 

Flynn is the fourth person charged in connection with Mueller's

Mueller's team announced charges in October against three other Trump
campaign officials: former chairman Paul Manafort and his business
associate Rick Gates, and a former foreign policy adviser, George

A Flynn plea deal had been rumored ever since his attorneys informed
President Trump's legal team they could no longer discuss the

Flynn, who was interviewed by the FBI just days after Trump's
inauguration, was forced to resign in February after White House
officials said he had misled them about whether he had discussed
sanctions with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Fox News' Catherine Herridge, Jake Gibson, Brooke Singman, John Roberts
and Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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