It’s another huge day for the Mueller probe, and today’s indictment might just be enough for you to yell Russia Investigation BINGO. But if the Trump White House has anything to say about it, it’s just another regular Friday – nothing to see here.
News broke earlier this morning that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn would plead guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI. Rumors have been circling for weeks that Flynn is likely cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation.
According to CNN, because the charges deal with lying to the FBI and not Flynn’s questionable dealings with Turkey, and because Flynn is pleading guilty, he likely has something to offer Mueller regarding someone higher up the food chain in the Trump administration.
The Trump White House is already spinning out their way into some kind of damage control.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn” said White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who had the gall to call Flynn “an Obama administration official.”
But it’s looking less and less likely that this is the case.
Reuters and ABC News report that Flynn is scheduled to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians while Trump was still a candidate.
If the White House really is holding the line that this has nothing to do with anyone but Flynn, it has a funny way of showing it.
New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman just tweeted an update from the White House press pool.
Trump was supposed to receive press pool in Oval until someone seems to have decided not a good idea pic.twitter.com/kfaJT1WrLP
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 1, 2017
Seems like things are changing minute to minute in the Trump White House. Maybe this is just his way of saying “nothing to see here” by providing the press with literally nothing to see, including what is likely an epic meltdown as one of his closest confidants is probably about to blow the lid off this thing under oath.