Entire White House is now paranoid that their co-workers are wearing WIRES for Mueller because Mike Flynn agreed to 'covert' operations in his plea deal
- Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI
- His plea deal states that he could get reduced jail time for 'participating in covert law enforcement activities'
- ?Former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos also is cooperating with authorities
- It isn't known whether other officials are cooperating with the special counsel
- ?The moves are leading to paranoia inside the White House, Politico reports
- 'Everyone thinks they are being recorded'?
Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's guilty plea Friday – the second among Trump insiders – is leading to heightened concern among White House staff that their own conversations could get recorded by other cooperators.
Flynn struck a plea deal with prosecutors and was charged with a single count of lying to the FBI on Friday.
The plea agreement released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office states that Flynn could get?reduced jail time for 'participating in covert law enforcement activities' – raising the possibility that he already has been assisting authorities in getting former colleagues to talk.
A prior guilty plea, by former campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, was only reveaeled to the public in October. He had been cooperating with authorities for months, and gave numerous interviews to prosecutors after it was revealed that he had lied to the FBI about his interactions with a professor with Kremlin contacts.
Mike Flynn's guilty plea has rasied concerns among current White House staff who might have been caught up on a wire, after a plea deal where he promised 'full cooperation'
'Everyone is paranoid,' a person close to the White House told Politico. 'Everyone thinks they're being recorded.'
Lawyers representing current and former White House staff told the publication they contacted their clients after the Flynn and Papadopoulos plea deals to ask if they had any conversations with their ex-colleagues that could have been taped.
Providing a measure of reassurance is a prohibition on wiretapping someone being represented by a lawyer on the matter being recorded.
Flynn could get a reduced sentence for ''participating in covert law enforcement activities'
Many of Trump's most trusted aides have lawyered up in connection with Mueller's Russia probe.
?White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who has made optimistic predictions about when the probe would end, told the publication he wasn't concerned about Papadopoulos or Flynn being used to tape other officials.
'Mueller is too good a professional and too good a prosecutor to tape represented individuals and he doesn't want his office or his important mission to be tainted,' Cobb said, noting the legal and ethical constraints.?
Flynn will provide 'full cooperation' to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his Russia probe after his stunning guilty plea in federal court Friday morning.
Guilty: Criminal liar Mike Flynn arrives at court in Washington D.C. to plead guilty to lying to the FBI, an offense carrying up to five years in prison
'My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,' Flynn said in a statement.?
Flynn plead guilty?to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., in the latest bombshell development in the Russia investigation that has ensnared leading advisors of President Donald Trump.
Although he pleaded guilty to just a single count, it is what Flynn was prepared to tell investigators that immediately exploded across the political landscape.?
Flynn said in his statement Friday he was 'working to set things right.'?
'After over thirty-three years of military service to our country including five years in combat away from my family and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of treason and other outrageous acts,' Flynn said.
'Such false accusations are contrary to everything I’ve ever done and stood for,' Flynn said.
'But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong. Through my faith in God I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,' he continued.?????
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