Elmira, N.Y. (WENY)-- On Friday, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to the F.B.I., with court documents outlining that Flynn was directed to contact Russia by a member of President Trump's transition team.
According to WENY Political Analyst Dr.Jim Twombly, Flynn could have faced much more serious charges than the one he pleaded guilty to. He says, "Flynn's plea deal, though we don't know the details of what it is he has to tell special prosecutor Bob Mueller, certainly raises all sorts of speculation about what it is he traded for such a light charge."
A tweet over the weekend from President Trump's personal account responded to the news of Flynn's plea deal, saying, "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!"
The President's lawyer has said that it was him who wrote the tweet, but Dr.Twombly says it doesn't matter. He says, "We also have the administration saying that when the President tweets under his name, no matter who wrote it, that's the official position of the administration. So saying that he fired him because he lied to the FBI and knowing it far sooner than he had previously said does appear to fall in the category of obstruction of justice. That is an impeachable offense."
Dr.Twombly says this could affect the President's chances of being impeached. He says, "If there's no evidence to contradict what we know now, I would say his impeachment chances have moved from less than 50/50 to probably closer to 60/40."
Dr.Twombly added that impeachment is just the charge, and does not guarantee the President would be removed from office. He says, "Impeachment is merely the charge. Being removed from office is an entirely different circumstance."