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Friday morning, those who delight in the Trump Russia investigation got a special little surprise: a fourth former member of the Trump administration was charged by Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel. Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty to a single charge of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI when they interviewed him on January 24 this year. The statements to which the charge refers are with regards to his phone call with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak last December.

Flynn’s guilty plea is part of a plea deal he and his lawyers have struck with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel. Should Flynn provide “substantial assistance” to the ongoing Russia investigation, his sentence in these crimes may be reduced by a judge. According to Buzzfeed reporting, Flynn’s charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, but he will more likely face zero to six months. Ironically, at the Republican National Convention last year (was that really just last year??) Flynn mocked Hillary Clinton for thinking she was “above the law.” What’s that expression about karma, again?

The first three indictments in the Russia investigation were made at the end of October. Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were charged on 12 counts relating to business before the campaign. Former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was charged with lying to the FBI with regards to his dealings with Russians during the campaign. Flynn’s charges are similar to those of Papadopoulos.

On December 29, 2016, President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Russian officials for the country’s interference in the 2016 election. By that point, it had been proven that Russians had influenced the election; this current investigation is to determine which Americans (if any) were involved in the scheme. On the day the sanctions were announced, Flynn spoke to Ambassador Kislyak on the phone and said that there was a possibility that Donald Trump would ease the sanctions once he became president (hmmm, why would he do that? Oh, right, maybe because Donny and Vlad Putin are besties).

At the time, Flynn lied to the administration and said that he and the ambassador did not discuss the sanctions at all. In January, Flynn made his denials to the FBI and then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Vice President Mike Pence both denied publicly on several occasions that Flynn spoke to the ambassador about more than “logistics.” On February 9, The Washington Post published a piece with solid evidence and corroboration by multiple sources that Flynn had talked about the sanctions in his phone call. The fallout was quick after that and Flynn was forced to resign by February 13 because he no longer held the trust of the president and vice president.

This isn’t the first time Flynn has been in hot water with the FBI either. He was brought in for questioning after he joined the Trump campaign because his company Flynn Intel Group may have secretly been lobbying for the Turkish government during that time. But that’s a whole other story. Obama also warned Trump about hiring Flynn before he took office because of that investigation. Obviously, Trump didn’t listen.

Since the news of Flynn’s plea broke this morning, the White House hasn’t offered an official statement, but people “familiar with the mood” there said that the Trump admin is considering this a win. Technically this charge doesn’t relate directly to Trump since Flynn lied to the FBI and everybody else on his own. Things should be heating up a little for the administration though because if Flynn wants to use this plea deal to save himself, he needs to provide good info to help the investigation. It’s not Flynn’s charges that are particularly interesting here, it’s what he might reveal to save his butt from jail.

Now, let’s revel in what the internet has to say about these thrilling developments.

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