The house of cards is falling quickly now. Two indictments have already been served and Trump campaign manager and his associate, Rick Gates, who stayed on at the Trump campaign after Manafort was fired, have turned themselves into the FBI. George Papadapolous, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, pled guilty to providing false statements to the FBI. A third indictment is rumored to be expected.
Considering the charges already listed against Manafort and Gates, it seems imminent that the next domino to fall will be Trump’s former national security adviser, Mike Flynn. Flynn offered to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in April, shortly after he was fired for lying about Russian contacts during the 2016 presidential elections, but was turned down.
“A senior congressional official with direct knowledge said Flynn’s lawyer was told it was “wildly preliminary” and that immunity was “not on the table” at the moment. A second source said the committee communicated that it is “not receptive” to Flynn’s request “at this time.”
An offer of testimony in exchange for immunity would indicate that Flynn believed he had damaging information on someone much higher up in the investigation, and the refusal by the committee may mean that evidence already existed that led the committee, and possibly Robert Mueller, to believe they could get the bigger fish, and Flynn, without it. Flynn was already caught red-handed having lied about the subject of his conversations with Russian senior diplomat Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak before being appointed as national security adviser. Making deals with foreign countries – in this case, a deal regarding relieving sanctions against Russia for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election – as a private citizen is illegal.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters on ABC News on Sunday that he fully expected Flynn to be in line for an indictment.
There are two people I think just from press reporting that it is likely to be, either Mike Flynn or Paul Manafort.’
The speculation about Flynn came from many different sources on social media, including news reporters and government official
Let's see how Mike Flynn is holding up…. pic.twitter.com/Etk912rt5G
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