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Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI; the Senate has the votes for tax reform; the Trump administration will reportedly declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI
- Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team charged former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Friday with lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp, Andrew Prokop, and Alex Ward]
- Flynn lied to the FBI, according to prosecutors, about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016. In one case, Flynn asked Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation” in response to Obama-imposed sanctions. On a different topic, Flynn asked Kislyak to vote down a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements. [NYT / Eileen Sullivan, Adam Goldman, and Michael D. Shear]
- Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. Flynn is also reportedly cooperating with Mueller. Now might be time for the White House to start worrying. [ Vox / Andrew Prokop, Zack Beauchamp, and Alex Ward]
- It’s not clear at this point what form Flynn’s cooperation will take. The Russian contacts Flynn lied about took place during the presidential transition, not the election. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
- Yet Flynn is getting off pretty easy — just one felony count — which means he might have some very valuable information for Mueller and company. As one legal expert said, “I’m confident Flynn is singing like a Read More Here