With Flynn Plea, Mueller Investigation Closes in on Trump
Pundits say Mueller could be targeting Kushner, Trump Jr., or Trump himself
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Shrink
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI is a "significant escalation" of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration, the Washington Post reports. Flynn, as President Trump's former national security advisor, is the first person charged "who not only actually served in the White House, but someone for whom Trump clearly maintained a huge affinity even after being forced to fire him." The charge against Flynn brings the investigation much closer to the president himself than previous charges because Flynn is "a man who was clearly close to Trump" and who "the notoriously fickle Trump has for some reason remained loyal" to. Here's what else you need to know about Flynn's guilty plea:

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |  
8%
19%
5%
41%
4%
24%