As nuclear secrets emerge about Michael Flynn … is he batting for Trump, or for Mueller

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While America was passing through it’s annual Festival of Starches, followed by the a three day torpor broken by occasional glimpses of football, news about the Trump–Russia investigation continued to emerge. As did expressions of Trump’s frustration.

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The Russia, Russia, Russia investigation continued over the holidays, with the biggest news being the apparent cooperation between Michael Flynn and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Former US attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that it’s likely President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is in discussions with special counsel Robert Mueller about cooperating with his investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

This is far from a sure thing, but the apparent distance between Flynn’s defense team and that of the rest of Trump’s cohorts is a good indicator that Flynn has either flipped to provide evidence, or is at least preparing a defense that is in some sense hostile to other members of Team Trump.

What kind of information might Flynn provide? The supposed cause of Flynn’s dismissal was a series of unreported contacts with the Russian ambassador. Trump hurried to claim that all of Flynn’s contacts were just fine, but that he was only being fired of his failure to explain his actions to Mike Pence. 

However, the best sign of Flynn’s importance may be just how hard Donald Trump worked to attempt to get a pardon for his former national security advisor. The goal of that pardon was clearly not because Flynn was such a great guy and Trump didn’t want him bothered by an investigation. The goal was to simply keep Flynn quiet. And it’s increasingly clear that there is more to Flynn’s story than we know.