The international intrigue surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Donald Trump has some prominent Russian politicians spinning Mike Flynn's guilty plea to defend Trump in the investigations into Russian collusion.
"With Mueller's probe as close as it has ever been to the Oval Office, prominent Russian politicians are paying attention," CNN anchor Ana Cabrera explained, introducing CNN international correspondent Mathew Chance, reporting live from Moscow.
"Well, there's been something of an official silence when it comes to response to these dramatic developments that have been unfolding in the United States," Chance replied. 'We've ask the Kremlin to see whether they can give us their comments on what's been taking place and we've had no response from them."
"It's just a couple of relatively senior Russian lawmakers that have taken to social media to voice their opinions about the confession essentially of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to President Trump," Chance explained. "One of them saying that this is a case that is a sack of smoke, essentially it is just hype. Another senator saying that Flynn is a scapegoat and this is really just an attack on the U.S. president."
"So the little reaction that we've had so far seems to be following the previous Russian insistence that nothing untoward happened, there there was no collusion and essentially to paraphrase Russian and U.S. officials, this is merely fake news," Chance noted.
"The truth is, though, that with all this evidence stacking up and this confession of Flynn, those stories, those lies are starting to gradually, in fact very quickly unravel," Chance concluded.