- Page Pate: In discussions with Russia ambassador, Flynn may have been broken two laws: the Logan Act and making false statements.
- Pate says there is enough evidence to support an investigation on making false statements, but in political climate, that's not likely
Page Pate is a criminal defense and constitutional lawyer based in Atlanta. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia, a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project, a former board member of the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, and the former chairman of the criminal law section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Follow him on Twitter @pagepate. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned on Monday night, and his resignation letter cited a conversation he had with Russia's ambassador during the transition period before Trump took office (and before Flynn had any official authority to engage in diplomatic discussions on behalf of the United States). In the letter, Flynn acknowledges "inadvertently" briefing Vice President Pence with "incomplete information" about that call.