Trump White House Furiously Tries To Distance Itself From Michael Flynn

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, center, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. 

One of the ways the White House brushed aside the first three indictments in the Russia investigation was by noting they weren’t directed at anyone serving in the administration. George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort were on the campaign ― in limited roles, officials claimed ― and Rick Gates was simply Manafort’s business partner.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest announcement hits closer to home. On Friday, he charged former national security adviser Michael Flynn with lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government.

In the campaign, Flynn was one of the first people to give Donald Trump some national security credibility, at a time when the rest of the foreign policy establishment was running away from him. He became one of Trump’s most outspoken campaign surrogates, and in return, Trump made him his national security adviser when he became president.
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