Trump, Associates Currently Under 17 Diverse Investigations
As ex-Trump adviser Flynn faces jail for lying to FBI
Donald Trump and his close associates are currently under at least 17 investigations for potential criminal wrongdoing.
As MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes reported on Monday night, Trump is being scrutinized on a host of fronts, from Russian collusion during the 2016 campaign to obstruction of justice to emoluments clause violations.
“Keep in mind, these are the investigations that we know about,” Hayes cautioned.
In a video, Chris Hayes lists all the legal trouble Trump and his associates are in as multiple investigations head toward their conclusions.
There are at least 17 ongoing lines of investigation into Trump and his associates. There’s the Russian government’s election attack, then there’s Wikileaks and whether Trump associates had advance knowledge or coordinated those plans.
There is the question of Middle Eastern influence into the Trump campaign. Former Trump campaign Paul Manafort has already been convicted of eight felonies and there is still a world of things we don’t know about the extent of his legal troubles.
Just last week Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the time and scope of the Trump Tower Moscow project. Remember that? It was just last week.
Robert Mueller is looking into even more contacts between Russia and the campaign and transition teams, including the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and several Russians.
He is also investigating possible obstruction of justice resulting from Trump‘s dismissal of James Comey and his efforts to get Michael Flynn off the hook.
The SDNY named then-candidate Trump as Individual 1 in Cohen’s guilty plea last week relating to alleged hush money payments in violation of federal law.
We know prosecutors are looking into the record $107 million raised by Trump‘s inaugural committee, 40 million or so of which we don’t know what happened to.
There are also reports they are looking into possible foreign money flowing into the Trump super PAC. Investigation into foreign lobbying resulted in a Dutch lawyer pleading guilty earlier this year.
Just last week, Russian agent Maria Butina agreed to cooperate about Russian attempts to influence prominent U.S. organizations like the NRA, which backed Trump in record donations.
There is also separate charge for the alleged chief accountant of Russia‘s internet agency. And an investigation into Turkish influence that led to those two indictments today.
Finally, on a state level, there are investigations into Trump taxes, a state lawsuit charging Trump‘s charity with sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, and finally, the 17th investigation, the emoluments lawsuit alleging the president is accepting payments from foreign powers while in office, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
And, keep in mind, these are the investigations that we know about.[END]
Trump is under too many investigations to keep his story straight
As multiple investigations began to come to a head over the past week, Donald Trump is simply drowning in criminal probes.
As Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse pointed out on Monday, there are too many for him to lie his way out of.
Senator Whitehouse says there are too many investigations for Trump to keep up with.
“It’s too many investigations to keep your stories straight,” the Democratic senator said.
Once Democrats take power in January, this list is going to grow larger and Trump‘s legal troubles will only further mount.
In the meantime, a former adviser to Trump, Michael Flynn is facing jail for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI].
According to Reuters, a judge will decide on Tuesday whether former national security adviser Flynn should be sent to prison.
He is to be sentenced for lying to FBI in a case stemming from the investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia in 2016 election-run-up.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan will sentence Flynn in Washington at 11 a.m. ET (1600 GMT).
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference, has asked Sullivan not to imprison Flynn.
Flynn is a former general, because of his military service and because he provided “substantial” cooperation with the probe Sullivan makes plea for him.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, Russia ambassador in Washington at the time.
Flynn told investigators in January 2017 that he had not discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak, when in fact he had, according to his plea agreement.
Lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Flynn’s plea agreement states that he is eligible for a sentence of between zero and six months, however, and can ask the court not to impose a fine.
Flynn’s lawyers have asked the court for a probation term of no more than one year, with minimal conditions of supervision, and 200 hours of community service.
Flynn also deserves leniency because he was not warned before the meeting with FBI agents that it was a crime to lie to them, his lawyers said in a recent court filing.
They also said that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had told Flynn that the “quickest way” to conduct the interview was without counsel present.
Critics of the Mueller probe argue that Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, was set up.
Mueller last week countered in a court filing that Flynn had no cause to lie in the interviews.
He added that a “sitting National Security Adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents.”
Flynn is so far the only member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered during Mueller’s wide-ranging probe.
The probe has so far ensnared 32 individuals and three Russian firms.
Trump denies there was any collusion and has labeled the investigation a “witch hunt.”
Russia also denies it meddled in the election, contrary to the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies.
On Monday, Sullivan ordered the special counsel to release a redacted, five-page FBI account of Flynn’s January 2017 interview, saying it was relevant to his sentencing.