(National Sentinel) Special Counsel: President Donald J. Trump’s attorney released a statement following news that former national security advisor Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to charges he lied to FBI agents regarding conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
“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. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said.
Earlier reports noted that Flynn said he will cooperate fully with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
As to the implications of Flynn’s admission, Trump attorney Ty Cobb said there are no links to the White House.
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” Cobb continued.
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
Cobb’s statement jibes with an assessment by Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in national security cases.
Writing in National Review, McCarthy said that the nature of Flynn’s plea did not appear to have any implications in the long-running media and political narrative that the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“There’s less to the news than meets the eye,” McCarthy wrote.
…[W]hen a prosecutor has a cooperator who was an accomplice in a major criminal scheme, the cooperator is made to plead guilty to the scheme. This is critical because it proves the existence of the scheme. In his guilty-plea allocution (the part of a plea proceeding in which the defendant admits what he did that makes him guilty), the accomplice explains the scheme and the actions taken by himself and his co-conspirators to carry it out. This goes a long way toward proving the case against all of the subjects of the investigation.
That is not happening in Flynn’s situation. Instead…he is being permitted to plead guilty to a mere process crime.
Further, McCarthy explained, “It is is becoming increasingly palpable that, whatever ‘collusion’ means, there was no actionable, conspiratorial complicity by the Trump campaign in the Kremlin’s machinations.”
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