This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn last week became the first Trump administration official to be criminally charged as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Flynn admitted that he lied to the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador and is now cooperating with Mueller's probe as part of his plea deal.

President Trump said on Monday he “feels badly” for Flynn, and claimed that Hillary Clinton “lied many times” to the FBI without consequences. Trump did not provide details about his accusation against Clinton, who answered FBI questions in July 2016 about her use of a private server while she was secretary of state. The FBI never asserted that Clinton made false statements.

Politico reports that paranoia is enveloping the White House and Trump’s network of former aides and associates as Mueller’s Russia probe heats up. Flynn's plea deal has increased speculation that Mueller is looking at more senior members of the administration and Trump's election campaign as investigations continue.

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