Strassel: Only 'Real Crime' Related to Russia Collusion So Far Was Leaking of Flynn's Name
'A flat-out felony.'
Wall Street Journal editorial page columnist and Fox News contributor Kimberly Strassel said many of President Trump's political opponents are "salivating" over the redactions in Michael Flynn's sentencing memo, but there is still no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed the heavily redacted memo on Tuesday, recommending little or no prison time for Flynn, a former three-star Army general and Trump’s former National Security Adviser.
Mueller's team said Flynn had met with investigators 19 times and provided "substantial" help to investigators about "several ongoing investigations."
Flynn was forced to resign his post on Feb. 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn's false statements. The White House has said Flynn misled officials-- including Vice President Mike Pence -- about the content of his conversations. Mueller's filing Tuesday matched that explanation, saying: "Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by [Flynn] about communications between him and the Russian ambassador [to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak]" regarding sanctions levied by the Obama administration on the Kremlin in response to election interference.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December of last year to lying to the FBI about conversations with Kislyak. He also admitted to making false statements about unregistered foreign agent work he performed for the benefit of the Turkish government. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for that work when he became national security adviser.
On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Strassel explained that Flynn apparently helped in several investigations, but it doesn't appear that he gave any information on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"In fact, there’s a direct reference to his help in a criminal investigation, but we've been told that so far Mueller hasn’t found anything criminal on that front," she said.
She argued that it's not clear that Flynn actually lied about his conversations with Kislyak, and he may have agreed to a plea deal to protect his son, who was also under investigation.
She claimed that the real crime here is the leaking of Flynn's conversations with Kislyak and the unmasking of Flynn's name by a still-unnamed official in the Obama administration.
"The very first crime that ever happened here and, so far as I know, the only crime related to Russian collusion was the leaking of Michael Flynn’s name, which was a complete felony," she said.
"There seems to be no interest in the special counsel's office as to that crime and how Flynn's name got out there in the first place."
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