White House officials were reportedly relieved that Manafort was the first person indicted in the Russia probe rather than Flynn

  • White House advisers were reportedly relieved that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was not indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
  • If Flynn were indicted, it could mean investigators were closer to indicting other members of the administration.

White House staffers were reportedly relieved that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his assistant Rick Gates were the first people indicted in the Russia probe, instead of another top former official.

According to Axios, one adviser said that “people are relieved it’s Manafort and not former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn” because Manafort “wasn’t here when Trump was elected.”

“Because it’s Manafort it’s purely a campaign matter,” the source said. “Nobody internal will be weighing in. That’s the holding position.”

Flynn took a White House position after the election, while Manafort was ousted from the Trump campaign before the election.

Still, Axios also reported that other individuals in the White House were uneasy about potential future indictments.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is believed to have enough information to indict Flynn, who was one of the individuals many observers suspected could be indicted when the news leaked out last week that the FBI would bring charges this week in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Flynn has faced scrutiny for his description of meetings with the Russian ambassador in 2016, as well as advocacy work for the Turkish government.

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