The biggest story of the sentencing document filed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Michael Flynn is what’s not in it. There are large swaths of redactions, making it hard to see exactly what Mueller is doing – and what specific role the Trump administration’s former national security adviser is playing in it all.
But there’s a single sentence in the 13-page document that should send shivers down the spine of President Donald Trump and everyone in his inner circle. It’s this: “The defendant deserves credit for accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government.”
Pay specific attention to those last few words: “Substantially assisting the government.”
And then remember these things:
1) Flynn is the only one of the seven Trump associates who have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the Mueller probe who bridges the divide between Trump’s campaign, the transition and the presidency. Flynn was an adviser to the campaign, a member of the transition team and, for about three weeks, the administration’s national security adviser.