Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI, is cooperating with Mueller
"Lock him up. Lock him up."
But seriously ...
What I'm going to type next is going to piss a lot of you off. I know that it is important for America to speak with one voice in the transition period between outgoing and incoming Presidents with radically different ideas. And I know that the staff of the President-elect, (especially Kushner), may have committed some crimes here. It seems to be a violation of the Logan Act.
But I don't care.
It makes perfect sense for somebody on Trump's team to say to Putin's lackeys, "Hey, don't react to Obama's sanctions and expulsions. He'll be gone in a few weeks, and it will be a new ballgame."
Yeah, that's probably illegal, but this is a case where a law seems to ignore common sense and modern reality. (Or even ancient reality. I don't think anyone has ever been convicted of violating the Logan Act, and it has been on the books since the 18th century, during the administration of our second President, John Adams. Nobody has even been indicted for such a violation since the administration of that wise statesman, Millard Fillmore.)
It is possible that Trump himself could be in trouble, depending on what Flynn actually knows. Remember that Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation not long after Flynn resigned as national security adviser. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy." Nobody has ever figured out why Trump thought this matter was important enough to merit his personal intercession. Does Flynn have something to say that Trump would not want revealed? Possibly. ABC has reported that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump personally asked him to contact the Russians.
But again, bear in mind: (1) this was after Trump had already been elected, albeit before the inauguration, which means that while it may be technically illegal, it is a violation of an ancient law that has never been applied to anyone in the 218 years of its existence; (2) Trump can easily and legally shut Flynn up if he cares to because Flynn entered a guilty plea to a Federal crime, and is therefore within the reach of a Presidential pardon.