Trump lawyer calls Michael Flynn an ‘Obama administration official’ in response to charges
White House lawyer Ty Cobb released a statement Friday in response to the charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, in which the attorney described the retired general as an “Obama administration official” and attempted to get ahead of any testimony Flynn may provide to the FBI by characterizing him as a known liar.
Good luck with that, bud.
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Adviser at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI,” Cobb’s statement read.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” Cobb continued. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
The characterization of Flynn as an Obama administration official who barely had any involvement with the Trump administration is rich, considering President Obama fired Flynn from his role as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 and specifically warned Trump not to bring him on as national security adviser. Cobb’s insistence that Flynn’s guilty plea doesn’t “implicate anyone other than” himself is similarly undermined by reporting from the AP and ABC that Flynn is fully cooperating with the special counsel investigation and is prepared to testify that Trump transition team officials, and potentially even Trump himself, directed him to contact Russians during the campaign.