House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff, Democrat from California, discusses the Flynn plea deal on ABC’s ‘This Week.’
REP. ADAM SCHIFF, (D) CALIFORNIA: I wasn’t surprised by the plea deal. The fact, though, that it was cabin to one offense with essentially multiple lies and that one offense does tell me as a former prosecutor that given the much broader universe of potential liability here that Bob Mueller must have concluded he was getting a lot of value in terms of General Flynn’s cooperation.
General Flynn, obviously, not a minor character here. So I think this is very significant. I think the fact that in his factual basis for the plea, he sets out that he wasn’t acting as a rogue agent. That, in fact, he was acting with the knowledge and at the direction of people who were senior members of the transition team. I think probably all of which, ultimately, ended up in the administration is very significant. And I think it indicates to me, at least, that this is not the end of it by any means.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What about that tweet yesterday from the president who we know have been told that according to the White House it was drafted by his attorney John Dowd, not the president but the tweet right now still stands.
SCHIFF: Well, to me, George, actually it is more significant if it’s coming from the lawyer. The president has shown every ability to prevaricate and dissemble on this subject, but the lawyer is going to take not only the president’s account into play, but also other that he has interviewed. And this means that what the attorney is saying is consistent between the president and the staff. The president knew he had lied to the FBI, which means that when he talked to the FBI director and asked him effectively drop this case, he knew that Flynn had committed a federal crime.
So, to me, frankly, it’s more serious coming from the attorney than it would have been just coming directly from the president. …read more