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Robert Mueller Has The Evidence To Charge Former NSA Head Michael Flynn
If President Donald Trump believed that he would escape the impact of the investigation into Russia’s meddling in our elections last year— including possible collusion between his campaign and other foreign agencies — he was wrong.
NBC News reported on Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to formally charge Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn. The investigation also has collected enough evidence of wrongdoing to charge his son, Michael G. Flynn.
The older Flynn was fired earlier this year after he was caught lying about his involvement with Russia and Turkey, including receiving funds from organizations within those countries and failing to disclose them properly before joining the administration. Trump reportedly fired Flynn in February because he had previously lied to Vice President Mike Pence about having those conflicts of interest, although it was also revealed later on that Trump regretted his decision, and still made contact with Flynn later on in the year.
The report from Sunday details how Flynn and his son are now the subjects of Mueller’s investigation.
Investigators are wondering with whom Flynn lobbied with overseas, and whether he engaged in money laundering to hide fees he received. They’re also interested in possibly charging Flynn with lying to investigators, which is a federal offense.
The younger Flynn worked closely with his father, and it’s likely he’ll face similar charges.
Sources who disclosed the new information to NBC also indicated that either Flynn or his son still have the opportunity to work with the investigation itself, opting for lesser charges if they do so. It’s unclear what Flynn and his son are considering at this point.
Two individuals have already been indicted by Mueller’s investigation — former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as well as his protege Rick Gates. A third member of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, and is reportedly working with the investigation to help them uncover more misdeeds.
Flynn is considered a favorite close ally of Donald Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he led crowds at the Republican National Convention in chants of “Lock her up!” that were directed toward Trump’s opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Now, it seems, the tables have turned — and unless Flynn makes a deal with investigators, it may be he who is locked up instead.