A national defense analyst says he would not be surprised if Michael Flynn becomes the next target of a special counsel Robert Mueller indictment.
There has been growing speculation that the shoe is about to drop on Flynn (pictured at right) as various news outlets have reported that Mueller apparently has enough evidence to indict Trump's former national security advisor.
Flynn, a former U.S. Army general who resigned after serving 24 days in the White House, is seen as vulnerable for a number of reasons.
For one thing, according to federal records, Flynn did not register $530,000 he was paid during the 2016 campaign for work he did that the U.S. Justice Department claims principally benefitted Turkey, which would be a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says Flynn is in a very similar situation to another former Trump aide.
"Paul Manafort who was charged with not registering as a foreign agent, not reporting income," Maginnis points out. "And those are the very same things that General Flynn is suspected of doing as well. So that's why he already has lawyers."
If the retired Army general had not been associated with Trump, says Maginnis, he probably wouldn't have come to the attention of Mueller.
"He may have escaped prosecution altogether," observes Maginnis, "but because of what he did, he's going to have to suffer the consequences."
Regardless of what happens to Flynn, says the national defense analyst, that action should not taint the Trump administration nor the Trump campaign because Flynn was only there on a temporary basis.