Special Counsel Robert Mueller just finalized his plea deal with Michael Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser. Flynn agreed to testify in the Russia scandal for leniency on his sentence, but the deal’s details are coming out more each day and the one of the best parts, Mueller forced Flynn to agree to wear a wire.
The deal required Flynn to engage “in covert law enforcement activities.” Flynn then agreed to spy on other suspects involved in the scandal. This would have meant wearing a wire or planting some other surveillance device. Flynn used to run the Defense Intelligence Agency so he could have pulled this off without a hitch.
The Guardian points out, Section eight of the deal reached by Donald Trump’s former national security adviser in the inquiry into Russian meddling in the US election is entitled “cooperation”. It specifies that as well as answering questions and submitting to government-administered polygraph tests, Flynn’s cooperation “may include … participating in covert law enforcement activities”.
Long-time students of federal law enforcement practices agreed, speaking anonymously, that “covert law enforcement activities” likely refers to the possibility of wearing a concealed wire or recording telephone conversations with other potential suspects. It is not known whether Flynn has worn a wire at any time.
“If the other subjects of investigation have had any conversations with Flynn during the last few months, that phrase must have all of them shaking in their boots,” said John Flannery, a former federal prosecutor in the southern district of New York.
Flynn may or may not have worn a wire, but he was forced to agree to do so. The clause in his plea deal is now public so everyone would know not to talk to him. This would only make sense if it was in place long ago. As speculated, Flynn could have started participating with Mueller back in the summer this year and could have been collecting behind the scenes intel the entire time.
It is also possible that this clause is just included to scare everyone else in the Trump-Russia scandal. The more paranoid they are the more likely they are to slip up or cooperate. This plea deal is about more than just taking down Michael Flynn and it’s working.