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Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern about the potential legal exposure of his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who, like his father, is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Flynn's concern could factor into decisions about how to respond to Mueller's ongoing investigation. The special counsel is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign as well as the business dealings of key campaign advisers to President Donald Trump. Flynn's wife, Lori, shares his concerns about their son's possible legal exposure, according to a person who knows the family. Interviews conducted by special counsel investigators have included questions about the business dealings of Flynn and his son such as their firm's reporting of income from work overseas, two witnesses interviewed by the team told CNN.

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Flynn's business dealings have been the subject of federal investigation since November 2016, prior to Mueller's appointment in May.

Flynn is also under legal scrutiny by Mueller's team for undisclosed lobbying that he did during the presidential campaign on behalf of the Turkish government, according to sources familiar with the matter.

It's against the law to lobby in the United States on behalf of a foreign government without informing the Justice Department.

Another area of interest to Mueller's team is Flynn's alleged participation in discussions about the idea of removing a Turkish cleric who has been living in exile in Pennsylvania, sources said.

During the campaign, Flynn and his son both followed and shared material from Twitter accounts that were recently revealed to be controlled by Russian trolls.

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"Flynn's troubles extend to Congress, where his activities have attracted the attention of the House oversight committee. The panel's top Republican and Democrat made a stunning announcement in April after their own inquiry: Flynn likely broke federal law by taking a paid speaking engagement in Russia without US government approval, and he hid the payments from FBI investigators reviewing the security clearance he is afforded as a retired lieutenant general.

FBI investigators also have scrutinized a series of phone calls during the Trump transition between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the US at the time, Sergey Kislyak.

The conversations centered on US sanctions against Russia and whether they would remain in place during the Trump administration.

When Trump took office in January 2017, Flynn served as his national security adviser, but he resigned after one month amid questions about the Kislyak calls and his other links to Russia.

CNN reported that Flynn initially told investigators sanctions weren't discussed but changed his answer to say he didn't remember. Mueller could use this to charge Flynn with making false statements -- the same charge that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to last month.'

Mueller's ducks all seem to forming a row..... straight to Pappa Don.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-09 12:52 AM | Reply

Flynn is worried about son.

Trump willing to throw sons under the bus.

#2 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-09 09:14 AM | Reply

I think everyone is missing the point. If Flynn is worried about his son, what deal is he willing to make to save his son?

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-09 10:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 10


@#3

Bingo!

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-09 10:48 AM | Reply

Re #3

Yup.

Mueller's strategy seems to be that Manafort is an example for what will happen to Flynn and his son if they do not cooperate. Papadopoulos is an example of what can happen if they do cooperate. Mueller obviously already has enough to charge Flynn.

Now we just wait for the pressure of this "Nothingburger" to become unbearable.

Patience grasshoppers.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-09 11:03 AM | Reply

I have always thought that Manafort and Flynn were going to go down, it was only a matter of when.

Donner is right, this is straight out of the Prosecutors Playbook using a carrot and stick approach. The main problem remains how to connect the failure to register/disclose foreign payments violations of the Flynns (which happened well before the election) with the Trump campaign. This may be the best lever that Mueller has to pull to get admissible collaborative testimony linking the actions of Flynn/Page/Papa to Trump or his inner circle.

Gen. Flynn could provide that testimony if the pressure is high enough.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-09 11:20 AM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

The issue is, "What does Mueller know that we don't?" If he already has connected a lot of dots and is looking to shore up connections with additional evidence, this could be fairly serious.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-09 11:29 AM | Reply

#7

Probably a lot, but since his first "splash" was taking down Manafort for stuff that happened even before Trump declared his candidacy, that seems to indicate that he and his team are having a hard time finding admissible evidence that links Trump/his senior campaign managers with Russian interference.

I was only a Prosecutor for a little over 3 years, but speed is your best weapon because it doesn't allow the bad guys time to agree on their version of events. The longer it takes, the stronger your causal link evidence needs to be.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-09 11:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Probably a lot, but since his first "splash" was taking down Manafort for stuff that happened even before Trump declared his candidacy, that seems to indicate that he and his team are having a hard time finding admissible evidence that links Trump/his senior campaign managers with Russian interference.
#8 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER"

You may be right, but not necessarily. As you know, another common strategy is to work your way up from the bottom. Get people for whatever crimes they may have committed, even if unconnected to the real issue/Big Fish you are investigating, and then use that leverage to get them to talk about the core issue.

#9 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-11-09 11:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"speed is your best weapon because it doesn't allow the bad guys time to agree on their version of events.
#8 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER"

That is not really the issue here. The accuseds had ample time to try to get their stories straight before Mueller was ever appointed.

#10 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-11-09 11:48 AM | Reply

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Speed may usually be of the essence, but Mueller can't rush this case. He has to get this right, cross his t's and dot his i's.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-09 11:53 AM | Reply

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-09 11:55 AM | Reply

If you haven't done anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about.

ahahhahaha

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-09 11:56 AM | Reply

then use that leverage to get them to talk about the core issue.

We are saying the same thing, Mueller needs to get Manafort (doubtful), Gates (maybe), Flynn Sr. (doubtful) or Flynn Jr. (probably the best bet) to provide the link. Without that, the investigation stalls, since Mueller is going to need ironclad evidence to bring down a POTUS.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-09 11:56 AM | Reply

Speed may usually be of the essence, but Mueller can't rush this case. He has to get this right, cross his t's and dot his i's.

Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-09 11:53 AM | Reply

Speed killed the Casey Anthony case.

#15 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-09 11:57 AM | Reply

The accuseds had ample time to try to get their stories straight before Mueller was ever appointed.

Speed is a relative thing, when it is something this large and with this many interconnections the perps will watch and adjust their stories accordingly. Mueller and his team know that they have to get this right or they will be relegated to the dustbin of history, like Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden.

I was just leaving the LA DA's office when the OJ trial was starting and that has served as a cautionary tale for Prosecutors across the world ever since.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-09 12:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nuthin' like the prospect of federal time for Sonny Boy to focus the mind of Gen. Flynn. His request for immunity being noted, Daddy-O may well plead to something to protect his son from a stretch in some out of the way Federal Pen. Or, Mueller could just threaten to request the youngster be sent to Leavenworth or Atlanta, where Sonny could be visited by one of those sex abuse rings he talked about during the election.

These Flynns will turn soon enough...

#17 | Posted by catdog at 2017-11-09 12:11 PM | Reply

#17

Don't be so sure about that, Gen. Flynn, while a Rotzie and not a part of the Long Grey Line, he was Airborne and in the JSOC before becoming an intel wienie.

Translation: Loyalty means everything to him, and if they don't have the goods on his son, then he won't talk.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-09 12:33 PM | Reply

Speed killed the Casey Anthony case.

#15 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Sheer lack of evidence killed that case. Hard to convict for murder if you don't know how someone died.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-09 01:50 PM | Reply

Don't forget Pence in this. And McConnell and Ryan (who at least tried to do the non-denial denial thing).

IMO, Pence is the target of the Flynn maneuver by Mueller...Donnie Small Hands is further up the ladder for now.

#20 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-11-09 03:07 PM | Reply

Speed killed the Casey Anthony case.

#15 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

The only reason this case is moving so fast is because the evidence was so easy to obtain. This was being investigated in July of 2016...

#21 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-11-09 03:12 PM | Reply

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