A retired U.S. Army general is defending former White House aide Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent.
The former national security advisor, and before that a U.S. Army general, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about talking with a Russian ambassador about a pending UN vote and about sanctions against Russia.
Flynn has pledged to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which created speculation that he has been "flipped" and will cause future troubles for President Donald Trump.
Yet the truth is that Flynn (pictured below) has admitted to no other federal crime other than lying to the FBI, says Jerry Boykin, a retired U.S. Army general who is now executive vice president at the Family Research Council.
"[Flynn] didn't plead guilty to have done anything that compromised national security. He lied to the FBI about it," says Bokin. "What he did in terms of meeting with the Russian ambassador was not illegal."
While the Left is salivating over possible legal troubles for Trump, some political observers are speculating that Flynn may have been ambushed by high-ranking FBI agent Peter Strzok. His investigative fingerprints have been uncovered in recent days after he was tossed from Mueller's legal team during the summer for anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages to his mistress.
The content of the text messages has not been made public but The Washington Times reported Wednesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding access to those messages.
Strzok, who interviewed Flynn, also interviewed Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedine and Cheryl Mills, who told the FBI they didn't know about Clinton's illegal private server. Yet emails have uncovered that was a lie.
Flynn, says Boykin, didn't own any private servers or thousands of emails that were likely compromised by a foreign government.
"Mike Flynn is probably the best intelligence officer that I have ever known," says Boykin, "and he stepped into an arena that, quite frankly, I think he wasn't prepared for. But that said, he is still a good man and I think is an honorable man that has a record of honorable service to his nation."
It's doubtful that Flynn is headed to prison, says Boykin, but if he is Trump should pardon him.