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tonight. Did the white house know that this was coming. Here’s Jonathan Karl. Reporter: This was the only glimpse of president trump today before the television cameras. Ignoring questions about the indictment of his former national security advisor. Mr. President any comment on Michael Flynn being indicted, sir? Can you comment on Michael Flynn being indicted? Reporter: A few minutes later, the white house abruptly canceled a planned photo-op with the Libyan prime minister, avoiding questions altogether. The Flynn indictment cuts close to the president, he was most prominent former national security official advising the trump campaign and played a key role in the transition, taking part in president-elect trump’s classified briefings before his vital role inside the white house. Today, the president’s lawyer, sought to downplay Flynn’s role, saying in a statement, “Today, Michael Flynn, a former national security advisor at the white house for 25 days during the trump administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.” Jon Karl with us from the white house. Jon, did the white house have any indication this guilty plea was coming down or were they taken by surprise with this? Reporter: Top officials at the white house, the president’s legal team and the president himself, David, learned of this when they read it in the news. So the news of this indictment and more importantly, the news that Michael Flynn has agreed to cooperate fully came as a surprise today. Jon, thank you. How damaging could this development be for president trump himself? We know that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador but many have pointed out don’t all incoming presidents and their teams start to reach out to other countries during the transition? Let’s get to Dan Abrams tonight. We get it. Lying to the FBI is no good. But many people have pointed out these transition teams reach out to other governments. So what is it about this conversation that’s a problem? Part is the timing. President Obama had just issued sanctions against the Russians for meddling in the election and you have Flynn calling the Russians and saying please don’t retaliate and then president trump saying oh, it’s great that president Putin didn’t retaliate. You…

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