On Friday, December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about his connections with Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign. Many legal experts believe Flynn is getting off with what's known as a "sweetheart deal" — an intentionally merciful set of charges that prosecutors pursue in exchange for testimony against targets higher up the food-chain. Since Flynn was National Security Advisor, there aren't many people who fit that description. Many eyes are now focused on how Flynn's future testimony might attack Jared Kushner, Vice-President Mike Pence, and President Trump himself.
Shut the h*** up. Say *nothing*. This is *bad*
Many, including Congresspeople, believe the President's tweet amounts to an admission of obstruction of justice.
How did Trump know that Flynn lied to the FBI back in February?— Gavin Sheridan (@gavinsblog) December 2, 2017
Let's see if I have this correct. @realDonaldTrump now says he fired Flynn on Feb. 13 because he lied to the FBI. But on Feb. 14 he asked @Comey to drop the investigation -- even though he knew Flynn had committed a crime? And why did he wait to fire Flynn till WaPo exposed lie?— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) December 2, 2017
I’m sitting here, absorbing the fact Donald Trump may have just implicated himself and he probably doesn’t even realize it. He just confessed to knowing Flynn lied to the FBI before he was fired. In a tweet.— Rosa Hwang (@journorosa) December 2, 2017
The specter of the Russia investigation now hangs over the White House, though Trump has taken to the stage to declare everything is fine. Only time will tell what Flynn's testimony has revealed to the Special Counsel, and how many people knew about the former Security Advisor's connections with the Kremlin.