Michael Flynn pleads guilty for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Laura Christensen
December 2, 2017

Trump's former national security adviser admitted to lying about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the transition period before Trump's inauguration. "My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country".

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged Friday with making false statements to federal investigators about his conversations last December with Russia's ambassador to the USA at the time, Sergey Kislyak.

"I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong", Flynn said in a statement.

The sanctions were ordered in response to "aggressive harassment of USA officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election", Obama said in a statement on December 29, 2016.

Flynn's plea, Warner said, "comes on the heels of a new report about the President's efforts to silence the independent, bipartisan Senate investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation".

The charges against Flynn were brought on by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that Russian Federation may have had a hand in tampering with last year's presidential election.

Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of at least two members of Trump's transition team who were intimately aware of his outreach to Russian government officials in the weeks before the inauguration.

Former FBI Director James Comey, whose firing in May precipitated the appointment of Mueller as special counsel, has said Trump had asked him in a private Oval Office meeting to consider ending the investigation into Flynn.

An indictment filed by Mueller's office said Flynn "falsely stated" on December 29, 2016, that he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russian Federation that same day", and that Flynn did not recall Kislyak "subsequently telling him that Russian Federation had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request". The prosecutors' filing did not name the transition officials.

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Flynn is the first Trump administration official and the fourth connected to the campaign to be charged as part of an investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump's team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain. Mike Flynn has pled guilty to criminal conduct, while he was serving as National Security Adviser to the President of the United States, involving his contact with Russian officials. "It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out", Flynn told the Daily Caller at the time.

President Trump's attorney Ty Cobb played down the importance of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's guilty plea Friday.

"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", he continued.

The opposition Democratic Party was quick to slam Trump.

Three others have been charged in the Mueller probe.

But Trump has repeatedly rejected that view.

In October, Paul Manafort, Trump's one-time campaign chairman, and Manafort's deputy Rick Gates were arrested on money laundering and tax-related charges in relation to their work for Moscow-backed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

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