White House sees the Flynn charge as "a win," source says
From CNN’s Sara Murray and Joe Johns
One person familiar with the mood in the West Wing insists top White House officials are actually breathing a sigh of relief today.
“People in the building are very happy,” the source said. “This doesn’t lead back to Trump in any way, shape or form.”
The source noted that Flynn is being charged for making false statements, but not for any improper actions during the campaign.
“This is a further indication that there’s nothing there,” the source said. “This is a win for the White House.”
A source with knowledge of the legal team’s thinking tells CNN the Flynn plea “is not going to be a problem” for the President, though it could be a problem for people who worked with Flynn.The source said legal exposure for others would depend on what they may have said to the Special Counsel.
Update 12/1, 11:21 am: ABC News is reporting that Flynn will offer “full cooperation to the Mueller team” and will offer testimony that Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.”