BREAKING: Flynn Will Testify Trump Ordered Russian Contact

UPDATE #4: This is going to be an uncomfortable Holiday season for the Trump family. From CNN:

Jared Kushner is the “very senior member” of President Donald Trump’s transition team who directed incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador to the United States and other countries about a UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The court filings from Flynn’s plea hearing Friday say a “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team asked Flynn to contact officials from UN Security Council countries, including Russia, to learn where each country stood on the vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.

An attorney for Kushner did not respond to a request for comment.


UPDATE #3: Former FBI Director James Comey goes Biblical, literally, on social media today:


UPDATE #2: Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) reacts to the news:

We’re not sure what “as a retired military officer” has to do with anything, but Coffman never misses an opportunity to talk about his service. Not mentioned in this statement, or course, is the fact that Coffman called for an investigation into the FBI back in February:

You know, I think it should be looked into. And here’s one thing. Did the FBI go through the procedures in place in current law to be able to be able to tap into that phone conversation. Are there other violations of law.

We’re guessing that Coffman no longer wants to talk about investigating the FBI over how it learned of Flynn’s deception in the first place.


UPDATE: As this earlier story from the New York Times would indicate, the Trump Presidency is crumbling:

President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end…

…In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.

Absolutely YUGE news this morning.

Here’s more from the ABC News story:

The general told confidants about his decision to plead guilty in the last 24 hours, according to people close to Flynn, who say the former adviser feels President Trump has abandoned him and has agreed to answer questions about the president or anyone else…

…Flynn had initially resisted cooperating with the investigation, according to people close to the retired general, but he has been facing mounting legal debts and plans to sell his house to help defray costs.

He only recently learned the full scope of the charges he could potentially face. Last week, Trump lawyers received calls from Flynn’s lawyer Robert Kelner, alerting them that he could no longer participate in information exchanges with other possible Mueller targets, the first public indication that a plea deal was in the works.

We’ll certainly have more on this story as it develops.


29 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    Lock them up!   Lock them up!  Lock them all up!

    Can't wait to see Motor Anus spin this.

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    And there is talk of flowing waters from the fountain of justice…..

    I don't think this was exactly what Moddy had in mind.

    The Biblical verse I would have quoted is "Pride goeth before the fall."

    Stay the course, Investigator Mueller. Some day we will all thank you.

  3. Genghis says:

    lol Coffman

    Flynn can no more compromise his "honor and integrity" than ol' Mikey can compromise his political courage. Can't compromise what doesn't exist.

    At this point, the biggest problem for Mueller and his team is the same problem that faces U.S. attorneys and assistant DAs on a regular basis in organized crime prosecutions: the most knowledgeable witnesses tend to be total scumbags.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    RE update #2:

    “As a retired military officer, I am deeply disappointed that someone of Gen. Flynn's stature would compromise his honor and integrity by lying to the FBI.  Lying should be preserved exclusively for members of Congress and the President (and his cabinet, and spokespeople, . . . and family, of course).”

  5. doremi says:

    Of course your stocks are soaring, as are mine.

    The Senate is poised to giveaway the treasury to corporations and the already wealthy, whilst deregulating industry, banking, business abounds.

    Sheesh!  It will soon be the Late Great United States.

  6. doremi says:

    Something to point out:  Kislyak died in August (heart attack…in Russia), and

    Peter Smith (also in the inner Russian circle) committed suicide in July (days after interview with Wall Street Journal)  

    • kwtreemamajama55 says:

      Putin has platoons of dead Russians – political foes, journalists, those who knew too much and might tell the media – haunting his footsteps.

      I think here in the US, it's been inconvenient for Putinists to just murder people – they are resorting to "Kompromat", the use of compromising material  to blackmail people into voting a certain way, resigning, etc.

      Mike Cernovich boasted about using blackmail as a tactic if Steve Bannon was fired:

      If they get rid of Bannon, you know what’s gonna happen? The motherlode. If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything,” he said. “If they go after Bannon, the mother of all stories is gonna drop, and we’re just gonna destroy marriages, relationships—it’s gonna get personal.”

    • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

      Kislyak isn't dead, he's just not the Russian Ambassador anymore.

  7. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    That photo is all I need to see. He was in it up to his neck. 

  8. rattus says:

    I probably missed the press release, but what exactly did Mike Coffman do in the military? I kind of see him more of a Frank Burns than a Col. Flagg.

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