Nov 11 2017

Flynn case may touch Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor may be persuaded to talk about Trump’s Russian ties as part of a plea deal over charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the Turkish government, analyst Charles Tiefer wrote.

Mike Flynn is embroiled in an investigation over allegedly taking payments from the Turkish government to facilitate the deportation of exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, who stands accused by the Turkish government of masterminding last year’s failed coup attempt.

Tiefer said Flynn was also “suspected of being at the centre of collusion involving Russia”: an investigation that could reach as far as the president himself.

Therefore, if Flynn pleads guilty to only one of the serious charges relating to his dealings with Turkish authorities and agrees to reveal what he knows about Trump and others’ involvement with the Russian government, he might save himself many years in prison.

Another former Trump advisor entangled in a different case, George Papadopolous, is believed to have already made a similar deal.

If either man testifies to Trump’s personal involvement in conspiring with the Russian government in the run-up to the 2016 elections, this could be very bad news for the outspoken president.