GUEST: Stephen Spaulding, Chief of Strategy and External Affairs for Common Cause. BACKGROUND: Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has pled guilty to one charge of lying to the FBI under oath. The plea was filed in federal court on Friday and centered on a meeting that Flynn apparently had with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at which US sanctions on Russia came up. Flynn had previously told the FBI that sanctions were never raised. He becomes the fourth person to be charged by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller who has been tasked with investigating the Trump Presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. The news also broke on Friday that Trump had personally asked top Senate Republicans, particularly those in the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end their investigation. The Senators that Trump spoke with included Richard Burr, Mitch McConnell, and Roy Blunt. Trump's own tweet on Friday about his firing of Flynn and the revelations about pressuring Senators has led many to speculate that the President himself may be guilty of obstructing justice. Trump's lawyer John Dowd has taken responsibility for authoring the Flynn tweet and is claiming that a President cannot be guilty of obstructing justice. The Mueller inquiry seems to not have slowed down the Republican Party which passed a massive overhaul of the tax reform code late Friday, squeaking by with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.
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