On Wednesday, as General Michael Flynn awaited his sentencing, his lawyers asked for leniency, citing his long military service.
But there was another eye-grabbing part of his defense. Flynn claimed that when two FBI agents approached him about his meeting with a Russian diplomat, they failed to remind him that it’s a crime to lie to the FBI.
On The Lead with Jake Tapper Wednesday, CNN’s Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez wondered why they would include that part, which makes Flynn sound shockingly ignorant for a long-serving military official.
“Why is that in this court filing where all they had to say was we agree with Robert Mueller he should get no prison time, here are these letters of recommendation…. that the lawyer included this passage that describes
Michael Flynn used to be the national security advisor… he’s not someone who needs to be reminded that lying to the FBI is a crime so it’s a very strange thing to include in this document asking for no jail time.”
“He turned over electronics and all kinds of documents,” Perez continued. He observed that whatever Flynn gave Mueller was likely of great help to investigators. “What exactly it is, we don’t know yet.”
Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report
On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.
"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."
Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.
"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.
The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.