Donald Trump essentially ignored the news that his former national security adviser lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, telling the media on Saturday morning that there was "no collusion" and that "last night was one of the big nights".
"I accept your guilty plea", responded Judge Rudolph Contreras, adding: "There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal".
Flynn was forced to resign on February 13 as national security adviser after 24 days on the job for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about Russian contacts. There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy. It marked a major moment in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling and potential collusion by members of Trump's campaign. It's unclear what, if anything, Trump believes Flynn lied about, if he had nothing to hide.
Michael Flynn Jr., as he is known, accompanied his father on his 2015 trip to Moscow.
The main difference is that there is actually evidence of serious scandal with James Comey and the Obama administration in regards to the Hillary Clinton email case, while the Russian Federation collusion narrative, as far as it personally involves President Trump, is driven one hundred percent by sheer speculation.
Flynn also admitted that he spoke with another member of the transition team before he talked to Kislyak about USA sanctions on December 29, court records say. Though White House officials including Pence had stated publicly that Flynn had not discussed sanctions with Kislyak, Yates has said she advised McGahn that there were factual problems with that account. Strzok played a key role in the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the papers said.
The trio of fundraisers was a sort of victory lap for Trump, who has long spoken animatedly about his desire to reform the tax code, especially since GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act floundered in Congress earlier this year.
Trump fired Comey in May.
To his credit, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation has already cost taxpayers over $5 million, shuffled Strzok off to the Siberian bowels of the FBI's human resources department. When asked if he was anxious what the former national security advisor will tell the special counsel, the president responded, "No, I'm not".