Jordan Sekulow’s appearance on Fox News Friday did not go as planned.
Sekulow, the son of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow, appeared on Fox News to talk about the 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.
While he was on the air, news broke that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“The charge is about making false statements,” host Bill Hemmer explained after breaking the news. “So that could be what he is going to address at 10:30 a.m. eastern time — the charge of lying.”
“Yeah,” Sekulow said. “And I think that that could still work with the plea deal itself, it depends on who is taking him to court, whether it is the special counsel or another matter.”
“But if it is the special counsel — it should be under that jurisdiction — then those false statements, it could be that he is being with them, that could then lead to, if it is correct, and we don’t know if he actually does have a plea deal or not, but if it’s correct that could be the catalyst against the actual plea deal,” he added.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI at least four times about conversations and meetings he had with Kislyak. Flynn lied that he did not discuss American sanctions levied against Russia by the Obama administration in response to the Kremlin’s meddling in the election before Trump took office. Flynn also urged Kislyak to kill or stall a pending United Nations vote.
Flynn is the first member of the Trump administration to be indicted in special counsel Bob Mueller’s probe and the fourth Trump campaign official.
Last month, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his top deputy, Rick Gates, were indicted on a number of charges related to money laundering.
Prosecutors also unsealed the guilty plea of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who also admitted lying to the FBI about his contacts with officials linked to the Russian government.
Trump has tried to distance himself from those charges, dismissing Papadopoulos as a “low-level volunteer” despite his participation in a number of top-level meetings, including with Trump and then-Senator Jeff Sessions.
Trump also dismissed the charges against Manafort and Gates as being related to his work before he joined the campaign.
It will be much harder for Trump to distance himself from Flynn, who was arguably his closest adviser on the campaign trail and in the White House.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified to the Senate earlier this year that Trump urged him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn.
ABC News reporter Brian Ross reports that Flynn is “prepared to testify” against Trump and his family.
In March, when Flynn was seeking immunity from multiple Congressional probes, his lawyer said, “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”