Legal expert says Flynn plea deal will cause “other dominoes” to fall in Russia probe

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 1, 2017) (REUTERS) – A legal expert told Reuters on Friday (December 1) that former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea will cause “other dominoes” to fall in the ongoing Russia probe.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving deeper into the actions of President Donald Trump’s inner circle before he took office in January.

Flynn, a former senior member of Trump’s campaign team, admitted in courtroom in downtown Washington that he gave false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January about his contacts the previous month with Russia’s then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

ABC News said Flynn, facing up to five years in jail, was prepared to testify that before taking office Trump had directed him to make contact with Russians.

Mariam Baer, a Brooklyn Law School professor specializing in white collar crime, said that there were hints in the language of the statement of offense released on Friday (December 1) that prosecutors are looking at more than one person in the Trump campaign. In it, prosecutors reference a “very senior member,” and a “senior official.”

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former adviser K.T. McFarland were the Trump transition officials who spoke to former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials, CNN reported Friday.

McFarland went on to serve in the Trump White House and has been nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

Baer also said it is legally possible for Trump to pardon Flynn, but said “it raises all sorts of political issues.”