Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former security adviser, likely is cooperating with the FBI's probe in its Russia investigation, according to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
"I think there's a fairly good chance, just from reading the tea leaves here as a former U.S. Attorney, that Michael Flynn is already cooperating with the FBI," Whitehouse told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"It would be consistent with, first of all, that they've got him dead to rights on the statement he gave to the FBI and the White House, but then that business of cleaning up his foreign agent registration, filing retroactively, his unaccustomed silence for months, the Eastern District subpoenas all being, kind of one hop away from Michael Flynn. That suggests he's already in play."
As for how the FBI has Flynn "dead to rights," the senator elaborated.
"It has to do with his discussion with the FBI on the [Russian diplomat Sergey] Kislyak conversations, when the FBI went and, believe it or not, did a criminal interview of the sitting national security adviser in the White House . . . he lied to the FBI at that point," Whitehouse told MSNBC.
"In all the craziness, it's sometimes hard to remember that something like that happened. It's really pretty astounding, actually."
As for conflicting information about the Russia investigation, such as Trump and Trump's lawyer having differing answers on whether Trump is being investigated, Whitehouse said a grand jury is the best solution for finding the truth.
"You have a lot of people who are speaking in a forum in which there's no penalty for not telling the truth . . . if people are just talking on television, they can say whatever they want," Whitehouse said.
"The sooner people can be put before a grand jury or interviewed by FBI agents or put into a place where there's an actual penalty for not telling the truth, then I think the truth will begin to emerge. There's a reason that we ask people questions under oath. There's a reason that we penalize lies under oath as perjury, or as felony false statements."
Whitehouse also commented on the Russia investigation in a speech he delivered in the Senate on June 14.
"Every warning is that the Russians are not going away and that future elections will be marked by Russian mischief," the senator said in his speech.
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