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Speculation Mounts About Flynn in Mueller's Russia Probe

Speculation Mounts About Flynn in Mueller's Russia Probe
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Reuters)

By    |   Saturday, 11 November 2017 02:54 PM

Political observers are casting a variety of scenarios that could be playing out regarding former White House national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the Russia probe headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Some experts say there's enough evidence to indict Flynn for work his lobbying firm conducted with foreign governments. However, so far no indictment has been forthcoming against him. One reason could be that Flynn might be cooperating in the Russia investigation, The Hill reported Saturday.

Another issue is that Flynn's son, Michael Flynn, Jr., could be involved in the probe because of his close working relationship as chief of staff for his father's lobbying firm. Flynn's son has denied any wrongdoing.

This past week, Mueller did indict Paul Manafort, who was at one time President Donald Trump's campaign chairman. Manafort was charged on nine criminal counts including money laundering and tax fraud dating back several years.

Mueller also announced that George Papadopoulos, who briefly worked on Trump's campaign, had admitted to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts.

Those moves could indicate Mueller was trying to exert pressure to convince Manafort or Papadopoulos to reveal the inner workings of the Trump campaign.

The same pressure may also be at play with Flynn, who has voiced fears over his son's legal exposure.

"The obvious leverage that Mueller has over Flynn is that he could indict Flynn's son," tweeted Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor. "Flynn could cooperate on his son's behalf."

One expert, Jack Sharman, who was special counsel to Congress during the Whitewater investigations into Bill and Hillary Clinton's real estate affairs, cautioned against reading too much into the lack of charges against Flynn.

"I would not read too much into that either way," he told The Hill. "You could have a scenario, as in any white collar or corruption case, where there are contacts back and forth between defense counsel and prosecutors and that may or may not develop into a proffer agreement.

"I would not read a conclusion into the fact that nothing has happened yet with Gen. Flynn," Sharman said.

Flynn briefly served as Trump's national security adviser, but had to resign in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russian officials prior to Trump's inauguration.

The latest allegations could add to Flynn's worries as he is being investigated about a plot to forcibly remove a cleric, Fethullah G�len, who is living in the U.S. legally, and return him to Turkish officials in return for $15 million. If true, it could add conspiracy, bribery and kidnapping to his charges.

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