Real Reason for Hasty Flynn Charges: Mueller Has to Justify Expenses Next Week

Real Reason for Hasty Flynn Charges Mueller Has to Justify Expenses Next Week

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has plodded along for six months now with little to show for it, save a few indictments of low-level marginal players for process violations and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for legal violations that allegedly took place long before he joined the Trump effort.

The lack of any major public developments in Mueller’s probe had led some to begin wondering if there was anything of importance to be found at all, and how much longer Mueller’s team should be permitted to keep digging.

That seemed to change on Friday, though, as Fox News reported that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI as part of a deal with Mueller.

According to Fox, Flynn agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation and admitted to having been directed during the presidential transition period to speak with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about economic sanctions and a United Nations Security Council vote — topics he had initially denied having discussed.

It is worth noting that the same conversation Flynn has admitted to lying to the FBI about are the same ones he admitted he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about, leading to Flynn’s resignation from the administration in February, as was pointed out by White House attorney Ty Cobb.

“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” stated Cobb. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”

Of course, Democrats and the media are crowing “We’ve got Trump now!” as if Flynn’s guilty plea is a huge deal, when really it is little more than a technicality for which Flynn will receive what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

According to The New York Times, the penalty is a fine of $500 to $9,500 and up to six months in prison.

Critics of the investigation weren’t impressed.

Interestingly, the timing of this announcement of a guilty plea deal by Flynn came just days prior to the release of the first expense report for Mueller’s investigation by the Justice Department, according to a report on Thursday from The Hill.

That public report — which will be forwarded to Congress next week — will show how much Mueller’s probe has cost taxpayers thus far.

There is little doubt that some will question any further expenditures on behalf of Mueller’s team, given the apparent limited success he has had thus far in uncovering potential Russian interference in the election to assist then-candidate Trump’s campaign.

However, with the sudden announcement of a guilty plea from Flynn right before the expense report is released, it gives the appearance to those who want the investigation to continue that Mueller is indeed making progress, which will likely keep his funding safe for the next six months.

Democrats and their allies in the media will cite the guilty plea from Flynn as proof that Mueller needs more time to investigate further, and will fight tooth and nail against any effort by congressional Republicans to curtail Mueller’s funding.

Not that there are really any great number of Republicans chomping at the bit to end Mueller’s probe. Some have gone public trying to stop it, but  more than a few seem content to let it run its course, wherever it may end up.

As for Flynn’s guilty plea, it quite possibly had more to do with saving himself continued emotional and financial stress in a potentially protracted legal battle, and less to do with an alleged “flip” against the president and his team.

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