by Oliver McAteer –
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, center, arrives at court (Picture: AP) Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser is reportedly prepared to testify against the president.
Michael Flynn may throw Trump under the bus by telling the court he was instructed by him to contact Russians. He has already admitted that a senior member of the administration directed him to make contact with Russian officials in December 2016. Government wants to seize Martin Shkreli’s one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album The ex-adviser has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. It was part of a ‘plea agreement’ hearing on Friday. It’s the biggest development in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election so far.
The plea agreement means Flynn fully cooperating with Mueller’s investigation. It’s the biggest development in the Russia probe so far (Picture: Getty) Mueller was guarded in the allegations he revealed in his single-count indictment. It gives credence to the suspicion Flynn and Trump’s involvement with Russia could be explosive. It’s bad news for the president — who has desperately tried to distance himself from the news for months.
The reality of charges and guilty pleas throws much doubt on Trump’s theory that Russia meddling is nothing more than Democratic drama peddled by anti-Trumpers after he won the election. And — more concerning for Trump — it gives greater weight to the chances of impeachment. Any president can be impeached if they’re convicted of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. If a clear link is found between Trump and collusion with Russia, he could be in breach of one or more parts of the constitution and, ultimately, get impeached.
Flynn stepped down from his role earlier this year following calls for him to be fired over his alleged contact with the Russian ambassador before the Republican took office. Flynn joins Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his associate Rick Gates, and Trump’s ex-adviser George Papadopoulos in the growing list of those indicted in Mueller’s investigation.
Who else has been charged in Mueller’s investigation? Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his associate Rick Gates, and Trump’s ex-adviser George Papadopoulos have all been indicted as part of Mueller’s investigation. Manafort and Gates were asked to surrender themselves to federal authorities back in October. Manafort has been charged with 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States.
Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman and Gates is his former business partner and protege. Gates was forced to leave his longtime position at nonprofit America First Policies after his involvement with Manafort became apparent earlier this year. The pair were allegedly paid millions of dollars which they then laundered while working on behalf of a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.
Manafort has allegedly laundered millions of dollars (Picture: AP) Rick Gates has been indicted on a number of charges (Picture: AP) George Papadopoulos lied to FBI agents The indictment files claim they were trying to hide money Ukraine paid from US authorities. Part of it reads: ‘Manafort and Gates concealed from the Unites States their work as agents of, and millions of dollars in payments from, Ukraine and its political parties and leaders.’
It continues: ‘Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income. ‘Manafort, without reporting the income to his tax preparer or the United States, spent millions of dollars on luxury goods and services for himself and his extended family through payments wired from offshore nominee accounts to United States vendors.’ The documents later add: ‘Gates aided Manafort in obtaining money from these offshore accounts, which he was instrumental in opening. ‘In total, more than $75,000,000 flowed through the offshore accounts. Manafort laundered more than $18,000,000, which was used by him to buy property, good and services in the United States.’ They have both pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Meanwhile, Papadopoulos admitted lying about the nature of his interactions with ‘foreign nationals’ who he thought had close connections to senior Russian government officials.