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Sezin Oney
Journalist-Political Scientist
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Sunday, 03 December 2017

What Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal Means

US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn is pleading guilty to a felony count of lying to the FBI, thus cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. What does this mean for the US and Trump? POLITICO's Taylor Gee asked "what's next in the Flynn case?" and several experts — Asha Rangappa (associate dean at Yale Law School), Orin Kerr (professor of law at George Washington University), Alan Dershowitz (emeritus professor of law at Harvard University), Norman Eisen (senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, chief White House ethics lawyer from 2009 to 2011, and ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014), Laurie Levenson (professor at Loyola Law School), Richard Painter (professor of law at the University of Minnesota and former chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush), Mark Zaid (national security attorney in Washington, D.C.), Alex Whiting (professor at Harvard Law School focusing on domestic and international criminal prosecution issues), David Sklansky (professor at Stanford Law School), Paul Rosenzweig (former deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security), Jennifer Taub (professor of law at Vermont Law School) — give their answers in this article. They all seem to agree that Flynn's plea deal is a major development in the case and that it will go "higher and higher". 

Gee's compilation is a must-read if you want to understand the current bombshell case in US politics. Moreover, Flynn's "lies" involve not just back door dealings with Russia, but also Turkey. Another ongoing court proceeding, Reza Zarrab's case, also turned out to be a headache for Turkey and now enters the Flynn case. Even if Flynn is the "biggest fish" in the case so far, and Trump and Russia themselves are too big to be affected, Turkey's lobbying efforts (which included a kidnapping plot) may prove to be troublesome for they already strained the US-Turkey relations to say the least.  

What Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal Means
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