Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

White House Plays Down Importance Of Flynn Guilty Plea

White House Plays Down Importance Of Flynn Guilty Plea

Asked by Contreras how he would plead, Flynn said simply, "Guilty, your honor".

What has he admitted to?

The following day, Flynn spoke to a "senior official" on the transition team at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort to discuss "what, if anything, to communicate to the Russian Ambassador about the USA sanctions", according to the documents. The statement is the first indication that Flynn is cooperating with the special counsel's office.

How will he co-operate with the investigation?

Mueller is examining possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Mueller's team announced charges in October against three other Trump campaign officials, former chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, and a former campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos.

Flynn's plea, Warner said, "comes on the heels of a new report about the President's efforts to silence the independent, bipartisan Senate investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation". Mueller's prosecutors did not reveal the names of the officials, but indicated they were senior and within Trump's inner circle.

Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of at least two members of Trump's transition team who were aware of his outreach to Russian government officials in the weeks before the inauguration.

The action today by the Special Counsel is another indication of the thoroughness and professionalism of Robert Mueller and his team, who have been methodically working towards identifying and prosecuting potential criminal acts.

The Obama administration imposes sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee in the summer and other efforts to interfere with the US election.

What were the conversations with the Russians about?

The prosecutors say that Flynn cleared his comments to Kislyak beforehand with an unnamed official who is described as "a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team" who was staying with Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

President Obama warns Trump during a meeting at the White House that Flynn is a problem. Flynn resigned under pressure on February 13, following The Post's disclosure that he had, indeed, discussed sanctions.

The 58-year-old was forced to resign earlier this year after misleading White House officials about a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in December 2016.

At President Barack Obama's direction, the USA abstained from voting on the resolution, a rare move that allowed the UN Security Council to unanimously condemn Israeli's settlement activity.

The Obama administration abstained, while the rest of the 15-nation council, including Russian Federation, voted unanimously against Israel. On December 22, Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before the scheduled vote. Trump personally called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to press the case against the condemnation, and Egypt surprisingly postponed the scheduled showdown on December 22 - the same day Flynn met Kislyak.

"As to the United Nations, things will be different after January 20th", Trump said, referencing his upcoming inauguration.

"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", Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer, said in a statement.

Trump has since tweeted about a separate matter. The next day, Trump met privately with then-FBI Director James B. Comey. The same goes for the investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees, despite the fact that during a closed-door meeting with GOP senators this week Trump implored the Senate committee to wrap up its own inquiry.

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