Lawmakers and legal experts are divided on how much gravitas Michael Flynn’s testimony could bring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
“Bob Mueller must have concluded that he was getting a lot of value in terms of General Flynn’s cooperation,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday.
“I do believe that he will incriminate others in the administration,” Schiff continued. “Whether that will lead ultimately to the President, I simply don’t know.”
Flynn, a retired Army general, pleaded guilty Friday to misleading the FBI about what he discussed with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition.
Mukasey, the former attorney general, said Flynn would’ve either gotten immunity or a greater charge if the testimony was stronger.
The short-tenured national security adviser reportedly will testify he was directed to do so by higher-up members of the Trump team.
“Now, really the Special Counsel is in the driver’s seat” with Flynn, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
But, Collins added, she still needs to hear from the team directly.
Scott said he doesn’t believe Trump should pardon Flynn.
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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” he doesn’t believe President Trump should pardon Flynn.
Yet some believe Flynn’s guilty plea could be smoke and mirrors.
“That plea agreement does not, to me, indicate that there’s very much else there,” former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told “This Week.”
Feinstein said she doesn’t think Flynn was a “rogue agent” in contacting Russia.
If the testimony was sure to be impactful, prosecutors would’ve either offered immunity or charged Flynn with the same crimes he’d pursue for other members of the administration, the former federal judge added.
“Because that’s the most convincing evidence of the existence of a conspiracy,” said Mukasey, who was George W. Bush’s top lawman from 2007 to 2009.
But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she didn’t believe Flynn acted alone when he met with Kislyak during the transition, reportedly to discuss rolling back recently implemented sanctions by President Obama.
“I do not believe that Gen. Flynn was a rogue agent,” Feinstein told “Meet the Press.” “I think he had to have been directed.”