Day 316: former National Security Advisor to Trump, Michael Flynn, has pled guilty to lying to the FBI, widely believed to be a sign that Flynn has rolled on either senior administration officials or Trump family members. In particular, CNN is reporting that Flynn’s plea bargain implicates Jared Kushner, and Buzzfeed suggests that he was working for both Russia and Turkey. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are coming to the end of their shambolic process to put together a tax bill, and are preparing to vote. [This is a US politics catch-all thread: please read these important rules about how they work. Also, enjoy refreshing MetaFilter chat for your hot takes and instant reactions.]
In other news:
- Donald Trump has tweeted out white supremacist propaganda from UK racists Britain First, a move condemned at various volumes by members of the UK government. In response, Trump harangued an unrelated person on Twitter, also named Theresa May.
- Trump is definitely not going to fire Rex Tillerson because Trump “calls the shots”, a bold choice of words when a special prosecutor is trying to work out whether or not you call the shots. Given Tillerson’s State Department is in shambles, competence for the role is clearly not a factor in the decision.
- Paul Manafort promises he’s definitely not going to skip town on a fourth passport
- In one of the few bright spots of the current administration, federal prosecutors have requested seizure of Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Clan album.