Mueller reveals an ongoing FBI probe tied to the Trump team's lies

Mueller reveals an ongoing FBI probe tied to the Trump team's lies
Gage Skidmore

During the Russia investigation, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos were among the associates of President Donald Trump who faced criminal liability as a result of lying to federal law enforcement. And the dangers of lying to law enforcement was something that Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois addressed when he questioned former Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his testimony before Congress on Wednesday.

Krishnamoorthi told Mueller that he wanted to address “counterintelligence risks associated with lying.” The 46-year-old congressman asked Mueller, “Individuals can be subject to blackmail if they lie about their interactions with foreign countries, correct?” — to which the former FBI director responded, “True.”

Krishnamoorthi elaborated, “For example, you successfully charged former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (with) lying about his conversations with Russian officials, correct?” And Mueller responded, “Correct.”

The Democratic congressman went on to say, “Since it was outside the purview of your investigation, your report did not address how Flynn’s false statements could pose a national security risk because the Russians knew the falsity of those statements, right?”

Mueller responded, “I cannot get into that, mainly because there are many elements of the FBI that are looking at different aspects of that issue.” And when Krishnamoorthi asked, “currently?,” Mueller confirmed, “Currently.”


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