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Trump, Attorneys Are Optimistic Mueller Will Exonerate President

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days before meeting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office later this week, Trump’s attorneys are reportedly optimistic that the president is on the verge of being exonerated.

CNN reports that Trump has been boasting to friends and advisers that he expects to soon be cleared of any wrongdoing, according to people close to the president.

But legal analysts and media reports indicate the special counsel investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia is escalating.

The ever-evolving probe has so far netted charges against four of Trump’s close allies: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign adviser and Manafort associate Rick Gates, early foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

It’s unclear why the White House is so optimistic.

The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the investigation, reports that the investigation could take another year, pointing out that the team is still cooperating with witnesses and requested documents related to the probe. 

Did Trump Instruct Flynn to Lie about Contacts with Russia?

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The special counsel team investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump and Russia appears to be focusing on whether the president instructed National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to lie to the FBI.

The bombshell revelation, tucked in the middle of an NBC News report, could spell serious trouble for the president if, in fact, he encouraged Flynn to lie to the FBI. Flynn has been charged with lying to the FBI about meeting with a Russian ambassador in December and is cooperating with the special counsel’s team.

Since it’s illegal to lie to the FBI, Trump could find himself in serious legal trouble for directing Flynn to be untruthful to the bureau.

Whistleblower: Flynn Pledged to End Sanctions with Russia on Trump’s Inauguration Day

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump had just begun delivering his inauguration speech when his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business associate to alert him that sections against Russia were ending and a plan was in the works to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners, a whistleblower has told Congress.

The new allegations surfaced in a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who said the whistleblower contacted him in June.

Flynn recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s U.S. ambassador and is said to be cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Flynn’s text about new deals with Russia was sent to his business partner, Alex Copson, a managing partner of ACU Strategic Partners.

It’s just the latest revelation about links between Trump’s inner circle and Russia, which is accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Kremlin foe Hillary Clinton.

“During their conversation, Mr. Copson informed the whistleblower that he ‘just got this text message’ from General Flynn saying that the project was ‘good to go’ and directing Mr. Copson to contact their business colleagues to ‘let them know to put things in place’” the letter says.

Copson added, “Mike has been putting everything in place,” according to the letter. “I am going to celebrate today. This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.”

Trump’s Controversial Tweet May Bolster Special Counsel’s Obstruction-of-Justice Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and his personal lawyer may have stepped into serious legal trouble with controversial tweets and remarks this weekend about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump, who continues to ignore his aides’ advice to stop tweeting about the special counsel investigation, acknowledged in a tweet on Saturday that he was aware of allegations that Flynn lied to the FBI. It’s a crime to lie to the FBI. If fact, Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition in December 2016.

By acknowledging that he knew about the alleged crime – lying to the FBI – Trump may have bolstered the special counsel’s investigation into whether he obstructed justice by urging then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, according to legal analysts.

 “It bolsters the intent for committing obstruction,” Barak Cohen, a former federal prosecutor who does white-collar defense work at Perkins Coie law firm, told the Washington Post

A source close to the White House and the case described the tweet as “a screw-up of historic proportions.”

Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, signed off on the tweet and then repeated the admission on Sunday, baffling legal observers.

Paranoia Grips White House As Trump’s Inner Circle Worries about Secret Recordings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tension and paranoia have gripped the White House as the special counsel’s investigation gets closer to Donald Trump’s inner circle.

Already on edge, White House officials are questioning whether witnesses for Special Counsel Robert Mueller were wired to covertly record conversations, sources close to the president told Politico

“They’re probably shitting bricks,” said an attorney who represents a senior Trump aide caught up in the Russia investigation. “How can you not?”

The latest bad news for Trump was the revelation that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has agreed to cooperate with investigators after pleading guilty Friday to lying to the FBI.

Trump’s inner circle has already been worried following the discovery that former campaign aide George Papadopoulos reached a secret deal earlier this summer.

White House attorneys and private counsel for current and former Trump aides acknowledged they have asked their clients whether they’ve had discussions with any potential witnesses who could have been wired. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia has heated up in recent weeks.

Michael Flynn Scheduled to Plead Guilty to Lying to FBI

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has reached a plea deal over lying to the FBI about his back channel conversations with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, ABC News reports.

He’s set to enter a plea in U.S. District Court on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

A brief statement released by Mueller’s team Friday morning does not say what information Flynn has provided the government as part of this deal, but sources familiar with the agreement told ABC News Friday he has made a decision to assist investigators.

The Washington Post reports:

The charge relates to false statements Flynn made to the FBI on January 24, four days after President Trump was inaugurated, about his meeting with Kislyak during the transition.

Flynn is accused of making false statements to the FBI about asking the ambassador in late December to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day.” Flynn also told authorities he did not recall the ambassador saying the Russians would moderate their response to Obama administration sanctions after the conversation.

Separately, authorities say Flynn lied about asking the ambassador to delay a vote on United Nations Security Council resolutions.

 

Mueller’s Team Questioned Kushner about Russian Meeting with Flynn

Jared Kushner

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, met earlier this month with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and answered questions about his meeting with a Russian ambassador, multiple news agencies report

The questions centered around a meeting between Kushner, the ambassador and incoming national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, whose attorney recently stopped communicating with Trump’s legal team in a move that could mean he’s becoming a witness for prosecutors and strike a plea deal.

The primary topic was Flynn, sources familiar with the meeting told

CNN and the New York Times.

“Mr. Kushner has voluntarily cooperated with all relevant inquiries and will continue to do so,” Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s lawyer, told CNN.

The meeting lasted less than 90 minutes.

Both the White House and special counsel’s office declined to comment.

New Signs That Flynn Is Turning into State Witness in Trump-Russia Probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An attorney for Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has met with special counsel investigators in a move that could spell serious trouble for the president and his campaign.

The meeting between Flynn’s lawyer and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team raises an obvious question: Has Flynn turned into a state’s witness as part of a future plea deal?

Monday’s meeting, which was first reported by ABC News, comes after Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, alerted Trump’s legal team that he is no longer communicating with them.

Flynn has been the subject of Mueller’s investigation and an FBI probe, in part because of undisclosed conversations he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.