Robert Mueller investigation finally exposed the shadow government inside Trump admin
According to a report, Jared Kushner is the “very senior member” of President Donald Trump’s transition team” who directed incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador to the United States and other countries about a UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements
The court filings from Flynn’s plea hearing Friday say a “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team asked Flynn to contact officials from UN Security Council countries, including Russia, to learn where each country stood on the vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.
According to a person familiar with the transition’s effort on the UN vote said it was well-known and a collaborative effort by various transition officials, including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Flynn and Kushner, adding that none of them “ordered” or “directed” the others and all were working towards the same goal of standing by Israel.
Also The court documents provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in contacting Russian officials to influence international policy.
Special counsel said, Flynn lied when he told investigators that he did not ask then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation” in response to sanctions that then-President Obama had levied on Russia. Flynn also lied, the counsel alleges, when he said he did not ask the ambassador to either delay or defeat a related United Nations Security Council vote.
It is almost certain that Flynn will plead guilty, legal analysts say, citing the wording of Mueller’s short two-page filing.
National security lawyer Brad Moss said “The fact that its characterized as a ‘plea hearing’ makes it about as guaranteed as possible he’s pleading guilty,”.
The plea deal is the latest indication that former NSA Flynn is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, following reports last week that Flynn’s legal team is no longer sharing information with Trump’s lawyers.
Flynn’s misrepresentation of his conversations with Kislyak — which took place in December, before Trump took office — were the justification for his ouster from the White House after just 24 days.
Reports also show that Flynn had misled Vice President Pence about the contents of the phone call, saying that sanctions were not mentioned — an account Pence then repeated to the American people.
At the time, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Flynn created a “compromise situation” and could have been “blackmailed.”
“We weren’t the only ones that knew all of this,” Yates testified earlier this year, referring to the revelation that Flynn misled Pence about the true content of a December call with Kislyak. “The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done. The Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others.”
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI in its investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election in January, when Mueller’s office now says he made false statements about the phone calls with Kislyak.