New developments in the Russia investigation may have increased the odds of President Donald Trump's impeachment.
According to The Washington Post, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may be preparing to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, will reportedly no longer discuss the Russia investigation with Trump's attorneys. Instead, it is rumored they will be helping Mueller as a part of a deal.
To many, the split is a sign Flynn is on the verge of divulging information on a major player in the Trump administration with Mueller's help.
"I negotiated a cooperation deal for a target with Mueller's office when he was US Atty and lemme tell ya, he's not gonna give one to Flynn unless he implicates someone up the ladder," tweeted Norm Eisen, the board chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, on Nov. 23. "That means Kushner, Don Jr., or Big Daddy. They are all having indigestion tonight."
Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara added to speculation when he pointed out Mueller would only work out a deal with Flynn for “substantial assistance” with those “higher up the food chain.”
"If you're dead to rights, flipping on others and cooperating with the prosecution is the only sane and rational move," Bharara tweeted. "Also, prosecutors accept cooperation only if you can provide 'substantial assistance.' Higher up in the food chain. Stay tuned…"
Yet not everybody is convinced Trump may soon find himself in hot water.
"Who cares?" one person wrote in The New York Times' comments section. "This does nothing to connect Trump to anything - and for you libs out there, Trump can pardon anyone charged with anything so there is not much bite to Mueller's bark - if Flynn is guilty of something he did on his own, then eat him up, otherwise Trump is good to go."
Even those who desire Trump's impeachment are skeptical.
"From the perspective of a Dem presidential candidate in 2020, this type of coverage is a huge gamble," added another. "If Trump is cleared, he will almost certainly get a second term. Very few people care about Flynn. He might flip and until then it makes good strategic sense for Dems to stay quiet. If nothing comes out of it, Trump will use this as ammunition."
"Hard to think that Trump would have told Flynn much of anything of value," added another. "He didn't know Flynn, had no reason to share secret past dealings."
Sources: The Washington Post, Norm Eisen/Twitter, Preet Bharara/Twitter, The New York Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons, Defense Intelligence Agency via Wikimedia Commons