The Washington Times, Flynn has nothing to incriminate Trump, sources close to president’s legal advisers say
The retired three-star Army general pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one charge of lying to the FBI about two contacts he made during the 2016 post-election transition with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Mr. Mueller’s charges make references to two unnamed Trump aides to worked with Mr. Flynn on the telephone calls.
Liberal TV pundits wildly speculated afterward that Mr. Flynn is ready to bring down the president.
But the legal-team source told The Washington Times, “There is simply no factual basis to implicate the president. He’s got nothing else. What you see in the criminal information is it. He’s empty.”
The source said that if Mr. Flynn was prepared to testify against the president, that fact would have been part of the pleading.
The ongoing criminal probe was begun by the FBI in July 2016 about the same time it received a briefing on the Democratic Party-financed Trump-Russia dossier. It alleged the existence of an “extensive conspiracy between Trump’s campaign team and the Kremlin.”
More than a year later, none of the dossier’s collusion charges has been confirmed publicly.
Mr. Mueller’s filings in the Flynn case make no mention of election collusion.
After Mr. Flynn’s guilty plea, Ty Cobb, one of the president’s lawyers, issued a statement:
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.
“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. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
Mr. Obama appointed Mr. Flynn as chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, then fired him over policy differences.
There is no there, there.