Maine senator: Flynn filing should make White House most nervous

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingGOP senators challenge Trump on shutdown strategy Will Trump declare an emergency tonight? Only he knows for sure Senate in last-minute talks to find deal to avert shutdown  MORE (I-Maine) on Sunday called court documents related to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE's former national security adviser Michael Flynn "the most significant filing of the week" in a stretch that saw several court filings related to investigations into the president's former associates.

King said on "Fox News Sunday" that he found court filings on Friday about former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortModel who claimed to have recordings revealing Trump-Russia ties detained in Moscow: report Law firm tied to Manafort's Ukraine lobbying will register as foreign agent Group aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video MORE to be "less interesting" or "less important" than the documents that laid out the extent of cooperation between Flynn and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

"I think the Michael Flynn filing was very significant," King said. "He met with the special counsel dozens and dozens of times, and gave a great deal of information, a lot of which is redacted, which suggests there’s information we don’t know."


"The Manafort and Cohen filing gave us a little bit of additional information, but I think the Flynn filing, if I were in the White House, would be the one that would make me nervous," King added.

The Maine senator pointed to the large sections of the Flynn filing that were redacted, and noted that the special counsel recommended the former Trump adviser serve no jail time. King called the recommendation the equivalent of a "prosecutorial pardon" based on Flynn's cooperation.

Flynn, who served a brief stint in Trump's White House, pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI as part of an agreement to cooperate with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference.

The special counsel's office filed court papers on Friday detailing allegations that Manafort lied to prosecutors repeatedly after reaching a plea agreement to avoid a second trial on bank and tax fraud.

Prosecutors in Manhattan, meanwhile, filed documents on Friday that state Cohen violated campaign finance laws at the then-candidate's direction.

King was asked Sunday whether he agreed with Trump's tweet in response to the court filings that it "totally clears the president."

"No," King said with a laugh. "I don't see that at all. In fact, the Cohen filing ... implicates him in the commission of a felony. I wouldn't call that being totally cleared."