On Tuesday of last week, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed his sentencing memo for Michael Flynn, you know President Donald Trump had to be shaking in his boots. Then, flash forward to Friday, when Mueller also filed his sentencing memos for Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, it can be said with certainty that Trump became more concerned than ever before that the proverbial hammer is about to come down on him.
But truthfully, when you examine Flynn’s sentencing memo — despite a fair portion of it being redacted — it appears neither Cohen’s nor Manafort’s were really necessary in getting Trump to that point. Although it doesn’t contain a ton of damning information, what can be read within it is still significant enough that Trump and anyone who served on his campaign and transition team should be worried.
Don’t believe me? Well, just ask Max Bergman, the co-founder and director of the Moscow Project, an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund dedicated to analyzing the facts behind Trump’s collusion with Russia.
Bergmann also recently tweeted an analysis utilizing information from both the Flynn memo and Bob Woodward’s book Fear: Trump in the White House.
According to his interpretation of the information at hand, Mike Pence, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and former White House Counsel Don McGahn were likely aware of Trump-Russia treason as early as February 2017.
And according to Woodward’s book, “McGahn and Priebus were joined by Vice President Pence in the Situation Room to review the transcripts [of Flynn’s three conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak].”
Considering Pence was in charge of Trump’s transition team in late 2016, it’s hard to believe he wasn’t aware of the conspiracy against the United States much earlier. It’s difficult to say when Priebus and McGahn first learned of it, however.
Regardless, the Flynn memo should still be considered a bombshell, as it outlines his extremely helpful cooperation with Mueller, including but not limited to “the FBI’s investigation into the nature of any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.”