From the New York Times:
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I. and Will Cooperate With Russia InquiryRemind me: When was the election? In January? February? Very late December?
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ADAM GOLDMAN DEC. 1, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry into election interference.
… Investigators working for the special counsel have questioned witnesses about whether Mr. Flynn was secretly paid by Turkish officials during the campaign. After he left the White House, Mr. Flynn disclosed that the Turkish government had paid him more than a half-million dollars to represent its interests in a dispute with the United States.This is about Imam Gulen in the Poconos.
Prosecutors did not charge Mr. Flynn with crimes related to his work with the Turkish government. But in documents, they made clear that they have evidence that Mr. Flynn “made materially false statements and omissions” in his federal filings about that lobbying work.What it sounds like is they are letting Flynn walk on the Turkish stuff, which sounds pretty bad, for taking a fall on the minor Martha Stewart-like Russian stuff … does that make sense?
… According to prosecutors, on Dec. 22, Mr. Flynn discussed with Mr. Kislyak an upcoming United Nations Security Council vote on whether to condemn Israel’s building of settlements. At the time, the Obama administration was preparing to allow a Security Council vote on the matter.In other words, there were tons of Israeli influence and Turkish influence. But that’s okay because if you can’t trust the Turkish government, who can you trust?
Mr. Mueller’s investigators have learned through witnesses and documents that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel asked the Trump transition team to lobby other countries to help Israel, according to two people briefed on the inquiry. Investigators have learned that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kushner took the lead in those efforts.
Mr. Mueller’s team has emails that show Mr. Flynn saying he would work to kill the vote, the people briefed on the matter said.