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Former Trump National Security Adviser Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI in Russia Probe: Prof. Glennon Weighs In

Michael Flynn, who resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser just 24 days into his administration, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, a federal crime.

The charge, which was unsealed on December 1, marks a major development in U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation focusing on ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia...

...Michael Glennon, who served in the U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel during the Watergate crisis, said there were clear parallels to when President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel, John Dean, testified to a Senate committee and implicated administration officials in the Watergate burglary.

The events that followed resulted in Nixon resigning as congressional lawmakers drew up articles of impeachment.

“John Dean broke the dam and the question is whether Mike Flynn’s testimony is the dam breaker. That remains to be seen, but I would not be sitting pretty if I were in the Oval Office,” he told RFE/RL.

“Merely meeting with representatives of the Russian government or encouraging subordinates to meet with members of the Russian government does not, in and of itself, constitute obstruction of justice,” said Glennon, now a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

"Now, if lying to the FBI is part of a larger scheme aimed at preventing the law enforcement authorities to learn about illegal activities, that’s a different question," he said.

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