From what we know now, it focuses on the transition — not collusion before the election.
So now that Michael Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team — what comes next?
Reports swirled Friday that Flynn is prepared to provide incriminating information about other associates of President Donald Trump, or even the president himself.
But it remains unclear just what that information would be — and how damning it would prove.
A big question at the center of this is whether Flynn will provide any information establishing collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia before the election — or whether his cooperation will focus instead on other matters.
And for now, the charging documents that have been released don’t focus on pre-election collusion. Instead, they zero in on Flynn’s descriptions of his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition — after Trump had already won the election, but before he was inaugurated.
Now, according to one report from ABC News’s Brian Ross, Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump “as a candidate” directed him to make contact with Russians. That sounds like a bombshell, but so far this report hasn’t been confirmed by other media outlets, so it’s best to be cautious about this claim until we get more corroboration.
There certainly could be much more to the story. Given the massive amounts of legal jeopardy Flynn seemed to be in on a whole swath of issues, as compared to the relatively light single charge he pleaded guilty to, it certainly seems he’s agreed to provide information that Mueller would find very useful indeed.
But for now, here is what we actually know about what Flynn has admitted to the FBI — and what it implies about where the investigation could be headed next.