Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump, Kushner


Flynn's only comments were to answer yes and no to questions from the judge in the court.

What has he admitted to?

In the first statement Flynn made on December 29, 2016, Flynn denied making a request to a Russian ambassador to "refrain from escalating the situation" after the United States imposed sanctions on Russia and Flynn denied recalling that the Russian ambassador then stated they will "moderate" their response due the the request.

The 58-year-old was forced to resign earlier this year after misleading White House officials about a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in December 2016.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Friday placed the news of Michael Flynn's guilty plea in the context of what he called "an alarming pattern" of presidential actions created to interfere with investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Mueller's prosecutors did not reveal the names of the officials, but indicated they were senior and within Trump's inner circle.

Flynn and the official discussed that the transition team did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation, according to the filings, and Flynn called Kislyak immediately after his conversation with the transition official to request that "Russia not escalate the situation and only respond to the U.S. sanctions in a reciprocal manner". At a time when tensions were hightened between the U.S. and Russia, Flynn was asked about whether he discussed sanctions against the country with the ambassador before he took office.

The two-page charging document makes reference to two separate conversations with Kislyak, and to separate false statements prosecutors say he made regarding that communication.

The 71-year-old president began to fume privately that Flynn 'had turned on him as it appeared that the aide would be making a deal with the feds an administration official and two outside allies of Trump told The Daily Beast
Robert Mueller is a bloodhound on the trail: Donald Trump should be very worried after Michael Flynn's guilty plea

His son, Michael Flynn Jr., also is not now facing any charges, despite widespread reporting of his travels overseas with his father, and his connections to his lobbying business.

At the time, Israel was lobbying furiously against the resolution and President-elect Trump's team spoke up on behalf of the Jewish state. Trump personally called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to press the case against the condemnation, and Egypt surprisingly postponed the scheduled showdown on December 22 - the same day Flynn met Kislyak.

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn", he said.

"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", Cobb said in a statement released to reporters. There's also the intriguing matter of Trump's intense interest in the Flynn case. According to a memo Comey wrote afterward, Trump said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

"Yeah that's right", Flynn said on the convention stage.