Republicans now have a sharply unfavorable view of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. At the same time a majority of independents now view the Russia allegations as a serious matter while a vast majority of Republicans still don’t.
Though Republicans have turned on Flynn after his guilty plea, they haven’t turned their backs on Trump — his approval rating among Republicans is 81% — and their continued dismissal of the Russia probe suggests they’re not about to.
The documents do not disclose what Mr. Trump knew about Mr. Flynn’s discussions. But in at least one instance, prosecutors say, Mr. Flynn was directed by a “very senior member” of the presidential transition team to discuss a United Nations resolution. Mr. Trump’s lawyers believe that unnamed aide was Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, according to a lawyer briefed on the matter.
The transition team was led by Vice President Mike Pence. Its top members included Mr. Kushner; Reince Priebus, Mr. Trump’s first chief of staff; and K.T. McFarland, who was Mr. Flynn’s deputy and was later appointed to be the ambassador to Singapore. Mr. Flynn spoke to Ms. McFarland about another of his conversations with Mr. Kislyak, according to the lawyer.