That is not happening in Flynn's situation. Instead, like Papadopoulos, he is being permitted to plead guilty to a mere process crime. A breaking report from Abc News indicates that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians -- initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations. If it were part of the basis for a "collusion" case arising out of Russia's election meddling, then Flynn would not be pleading guilty to a process crime -- he'd be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy.