Why we shouldn’t just be grateful that Trump won’t be impeached
More than a dozen former members of the Trump administration have already pleaded guilty to charges that they lied about their contacts with the Russian government.
Here are some of the stories you need to know about them.1.
Mike Flynn: Flynn was a key player in the effort to overthrow President Trump.
He was the national security adviser who was fired in February after it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.
Flynn was also a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and worked for the Trump campaign.2.
Michael Cohen: The former Trump campaign adviser pleaded guilty in September to lying to the FBI about his meetings with the Russians during the 2016 election.
He had denied that he had any conversations with any Russians, but he said he met with “a couple” of Russians in 2016 and that they were “friends.”3.
Richard Ledgett: The national security advisor, who was Trump’s chief of staff, is facing two counts of making false statements to the government.
Ledgetts pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his conversations with Kislyak during the transition.4.
Sebastian Gorka: The White House chief of the anti-immigrant website Breitbart News, who is accused of making derogatory remarks about President Trump, has pleaded guilty.
He is being held without bail pending his sentencing on March 10.5.
Peter Navarro: The immigration adviser is facing an obstruction of justice charge after it emerged that he was paid by a political action committee supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 to speak to Russian officials in New York City.
He also faces a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement to the IRS.6.
Sebastian Miller: The Trump campaign advisor is facing a misdemeanor count of making an unlawful campaign contribution.
He pled guilty in February to making false and misleading statements to Congress about his payments from a political committee supporting Clinton.7.
Stephen Miller: President Trump’s national security and counterterrorism adviser, who served as the White House press secretary during the campaign, is under investigation by the FBI.
He has pleaded not guilty.8.
David Bossie: The deputy assistant to the president for homeland security, who has also been accused of misleading the public about contacts with Russia, has been indicted on federal fraud charges.
He faces one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts on counts of tax evasion.9.
Sean Spicer: Spicer, the White house press secretary, has resigned from his position after it came to light that he lied about having met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
The meeting came just days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump.10.
Mike Dubke: The senior adviser to President Trump on health care and other matters, who resigned last month, has also pleaded guilty, according to the New York Times.11.
Andrew McCabe: The acting FBI director has been charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress.
He pleaded not to the charges and is scheduled to appear before a federal grand jury on March 16.12.
Gary Cohn: The president’s economic adviser, a key figure in the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, was charged with lying to Congress.13.
Tom Barrack: The chief executive officer of a health insurer and former senior aide to the Trump transition team, has come under investigation for a series of violations of the Hatch Act.14.
Sean K. Barr: Barrack is facing charges for a scheme to hide millions of dollars in unauthorized foreign contributions to the Republican National Committee.
He resigned from the White