Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano on Friday reacted to the news that Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, referring to the plea as “the tip of a prosecutorial iceberg.”
“This is probably the tip of a prosecutorial iceberg, so to speak,” Napolitano told Fox’s Outnumbered. “It’s a nightmare for Donald Trump, because General Flynn was his constant companion on foreign policy and national security matters from June of 2015 to the time the President fired him in February of 2017.”
Napolitano noted the downside for Mueller’s investigation is any information Flynn has is “coming out of the mouth of someone the government itself has acknowledged is unworthy of belief,” considering the former adviser’s guilty plea. But he added “the downside for the president is this keeps the Russia story front and center at the time the president is beginning to move towards the achievement of his legislative agenda.”
The judge had previously explained Flynn "was facing jail time if he was prosecuted and convicted of all of the charges for which the government claims to have evidence against him is 60 years," but with the plea that has been reduced to "somewhere between 6 to 12 months."
“Now that is obviously an enormous, gargantuan, monumental reduction," he said. "That doesn’t come easily and it doesn’t come for free.”
“What did Gen. Flynn give to Bob Mueller to induce Mueller to reduce that exposure?" Napolitano wondered. "We will find out soon.”
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Judge Napolitano not sugarcoating it on Fox News: "I think this is probably the tip of a prosecutorial iceberg, so to speak. It's a nightmare for Donald Trump because Gen. Flynn was his constant companion" pic.twitter.com/RvRjQwDrLm— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 1, 2017