What was Trump so afraid of? Flynn may finally tell us

What was Trump so afraid of? Flynn may finally tell us

For Trump, the focus is on whether he has tried to stifle the investigation, including by firing FBI chief James Comey in May, which could draw charges of obstruction of justice, the same charges that forced president Richard Nixon from office in 1974. It was a dramatic moment.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will reportedly testify in court that President Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.

Say what you like about Flynn, but an ex-general follows the chain of command.

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

On Friday, this all came full circle.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing in federal court in Washington, DC on Friday, rejected what he called "false accusations" that he is guilty of treason and other "outrageous acts", but said that he takes "full responsibility" for the actions he admitted to in court.

The full ramifications of this revelation are not immediately known, but may pertain to the scope of cooperation the Trump administration has had with Mueller's investigation.

That is, undoubtedly, why Trump made his special plea to Comey in February, why Trump fired Comey and why the White House has circled the wagons against Mueller's Russiagate investigation.

His plea agreement is suggesting that Flynn provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry. Trump's worst fears may soon be realized.

The court filings Friday describe a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team who directed Flynn to contact officials from UN Security Council countries, including Russian Federation, to learn where each country stood on the vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.

Because the Obama administration had expelled 35 Russian diplomats that same day to retaliate against Moscow's meddling in the 2016 campaign, my column posed the basic question: "What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the US sanctions?"

The White House rejected the idea that Flynn could implicate Trump for collusion with Moscow, even as court documents said that Flynn had been told by "senior" members of the presidential transition team to make contact with the Russians.

Warner, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was asked whether he believes Flynn will implicate President Trump. At the very least, that's embarrassing to Pence, who ought to resign.

President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump.

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. Meanwhile, Papadopoulos, a low-level campaign staffer, is already doing so, after he was nailed for lying about his own, repeated contacts with Russian Federation, including the fact that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and "thousands of emails".

Trump has repeatedly denied any inappropriate connections between his aides and the Russian government.

Flynn's pledge to cooperate with Mueller could lead to further charges, but an attorney for Trump, Ty Cobb, said no one else was affected by this latest development.