In Flynn, Mueller unearths more lies _ and a key witness

In Flynn, Mueller unearths more lies _ and a key witness
FILE - This Feb. 1, 2017, file photo shows then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined by K.T. McFarland, then-deputy national security adviser, during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. McFarland is an unnamed senior official referred to in the court papers filed in the Flynn case. She was involved in a discussion with Flynn about what he would say to Russian government officials in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia last year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
In Flynn, Mueller unearths more lies _ and a key witness
FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens to President Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. A member of Trump's transition team says Kushner is the "very senior transition official" referenced in court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn's guilty plea has added a new layer of lies to the far-reaching investigation into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia. It's also put heightened scrutiny on the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

But Flynn's admission, and all of the criminal cases thus far, have not resolved the fundamental question special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to answer: Did Trump's campaign collude with Russia to win the election?

Still, Mueller has left no doubt that his investigators have amassed a wealth of knowledge about the contacts between Trump associates and the Russians. They're looking to gather more facts from Flynn, a new key cooperator.

By forcing Flynn's assistance, Mueller gains someone who can put him in the room with Trump and his closest advisers.

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