Michael Flynn’s plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller became official this morning, with a court document revealing that Flynn is pleading guilty to a single reduced charge of lying to the FBI about his phone calls to the Russian Ambassador during the transition period. The document is only two pages long, but it reveals that Donald Trump is also guilty of conspiring with Russia.
The court document confirms that Michael Flynn called the Russian Ambassador on December 29th, 2016, and asked him to delay the Russian government’s response to President Obama’s newly unveiled sanctions. Flynn is pleading guilty to this charge today, meaning that he’s confessing to having done this. Guess what Donald Trump tweeted the next morning after Flynn’s phone calls?
Donald Trump tweeted this on the afternoon of December 30th, 2016: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” We all remember the tweet in question because of Trump’s weird “V. Putin” phrasing, which was in direct response to the Russian government’s “D. Trump” phrasing. But what matters now is the timing. Michael Flynn was only given this kind of lenient deal because he turned over evidence sufficient to nail Trump and the other biggest fish in the Russia scandal. Flynn previously lied to the FBI on nearly limitless counts, yet Mueller chose this particular lie as Flynn’s single charge. There’s a reason for that.
The court document combined with the tweet are enough to reveal that Donald Trump is guilty of having conspired with Michael Flynn and Russia to delay the sanctions response during the transition period. On top of it, Robert Mueller is flat out telegraphing that Michael Flynn has turned over evidence to nail Trump on this particular conspiracy, by pushing this particular charge against Flynn to the forefront. There will be much more. But now we can see that Mueller has tied Trump to Russia.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report