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Timing of Flynn's Lies Shows Risks to Kushner

To see where Mueller appears to be heading, follow the sequence of events around meetings with Russians.
In happier times.

In happier times.

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Robert Mueller tightened his legal vise around the White House on Friday, courtesy of several conversations that President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. in December of last year.

Flynn lied to federal agents who later questioned him about those chats, and that’s a crime. Flynn has acknowledged lying, pleaded guilty on Friday, and is now cooperating with Mueller’s Justice Department probe of possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin.