Spunky Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson spoke on his show tonight about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his guilty plea to lying to the FBI. However, as Tucker points out, that plea does not prove any collusion between President Trump and Russia.
Flynn actually admitted that he lied about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the time Trump was transitioning into office.
As part of the plea deal, Flynn agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which is looking into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Mueller’s probe began in order to investigate claims that Russia influenced the 2016 election or even directly colluded with the Trump campaign in order to alter the outcome of that election,” Carlson ranted, “Flynn’s guilty plea today does not prove that claim. In fact, it undercuts it.”
He explained that Flynn admitted he lied to the FBI about initiating contact with Kislyak in December 2016.
“That’s a month after the November election. Too late to sink the Hillary campaign. There goes that theory,” Carlson added, and noted that Flynn was allegedly “trying to promote U.S. interests.”
He said it may have been ill-advised for Flynn to contact a foreign representative before formally taking power, but Mueller’s investigation, like many probes involving a special counsel, is not staying limited to its original purpose.
“They frequently wind up entrapping people whose only crime is the false testimony they provide during the investigation,” Carlson continued, “But this? So far it’s hard to know exactly how this makes America better.”
He said if investigators can prove that the Trump campaign worked with Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election, then he will be the first to call for a criminal prosecution.