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Saturday, December 02, 2017

The news that former national security adviser Michael Flynn has reached a cooperation and plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not come as less of a surprise. Reports of Flynn's bizarre behavior across a wide spectrum of areas began trickling out even before his tenure as national security adviser ended after only 24 days. These behaviors raised a raft of substantial criminal law questions that have been a matter of open speculation and reporting for months. His problems include, among other things, an alleged kidnapping plot, a plan to build nuclear power plants all over the Middle East, alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) involving at least two different countries, and apparent false statements to the FBI. In light of the scope and range of the activity that reputable news organizations have attributed to Flynn, it is no surprise that he has agreed to cooperate with Mueller in exchange for leniency.

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The surprising thing about the plea agreement and the stipulated facts underlying it is how narrow they are. There's no whiff of the alleged Fethullah Gulen kidnapping talks. Flynn has escaped FARA and influence-peddling charges. And he has been allowed to plead to a single count of lying to the FBI. The factual stipulation is also narrow. It involves lies to the FBI on two broad matters and lies on Flynn's belated FARA filings on another issue. If a tenth of the allegations against Flynn are true and provable, he has gotten a very good deal from Mueller.

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imo, a thorough discussion of Le Affaire de Flynn, well worth the read.

I might add just one minor observation or two of mine... I saw Mr Flynn a lot throughout the Trump campaign. Quite frequently (if not nearly all the time) Mr Flynn seemed to be right at candidate Trump's side. In other words, and to my point, Mr Flynn heard what candidate Trump said and what was said to candidate Trump. Throughout the campaign. Mr Mueller could use this to determine the truth of what others say to Mr Mueller.

Additionally, Mr Flynn was given the position of National Security Advisor in Pres Trump's administration, even given a warning from fmr Pres Obama.

Obama warned Trump about Flynn, officials say
www.politico.com

...Former President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Donald Trump about Michael Flynn during their Oval Office meeting two days after the election, current and former administration officials confirmed.

Obama and his staff felt Flynn was problematic and prone to what they thought of as crazy ideas, and had fired him from his job as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Obama relayed that to Trump during the 90 minutes they spent together.

Obama hadn't planned to spend time in the meeting criticizing Flynn, but it came up as part of the conversation when the topic of personnel came up, according to a former Obama administration official. Accounts differ on how extensive he got, with one person familiar with the meeting saying that Obama forcefully told Trump to steer clear of Flynn....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-02 02:16 PM | Reply

In my mind there are two (at least) ways to look at this. Either the things Flynn has been accused of are not real (or provable or did not violate the "law") OR Flynn was treated kindly by Mueller was very generous with Flynn because Flynn is providing Mueller with a lot of dirt.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

#2 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-12-03 08:45 AM | Reply


@#2 ... Flynn was treated kindly by Mueller was very generous with Flynn because Flynn is providing Mueller with a lot of dirt. ...

I'm leaning towards this one, with the addition that Mr Mueller also does not go after Mr Flynn's son.

I'd say that Mr Flynn acknowledged this aspect in his statement when he mentioned his family in his statement, "...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. ..."

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-04 12:13 PM | Reply

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