Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about speaking to Russia’s ambassador, and confessed that Trump told him to make contact with the Russians!
UPDATE 3: “Ex-deputy national security adviser KT McFarland is the Trump transition official referenced in court documents who discussed US sanctions, response to Russia with Flynn,” according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE 2: Michael Flynn has released a statement regarding his guilty plea.
“After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. 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. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Trump attorney Ty Cobb released a statement regarding Michael Flynn, as well:
Full statement from Trump lawyer Ty Cobb pic.twitter.com/1DGa5QyTrZ
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 1, 2017
UPDATE: Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to charges of giving false statements to the FBI. He has promised “full cooperation to the Mueller team” and is going to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.” Flynn could face up to five years in prison on the charges. After his December 1 hearing, Flynn was free to go, but is required to check in with authorities once a week. At this time, there is no sentencing date confirmed. President Trump and his attorneys only learned about Flynn’s guilty plea via news reports this morning, according to ABC News.
ORIGINAL: FBI Special counsel Robert Mueller charged President Donald Trump‘s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, 58, on December 1, with one count of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI when he engaged in secret conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Flynn will appear in court on Friday morning, a court spokesperson told CNN. Flynn becomes the first Trump administration member to be charged in Mueller’s investigation in alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign for the 2016 presidential election. It’s expected that he will plead guilty to the charge.
Court documents (see those below) detail the charge against Flynn: “On or about January 24, 2017, defendant Michael T. Flynn did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, to wit, the defendant falsely stated and represented to agents of the FBI, in Washington, DC, that: on or about December 29, 20l6, did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Russian Ambassador to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and did not recall the Russian Ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those . – sanctions as a result of his request; and on or about December 22, 2016, did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution; and that the Russian Ambassador subsequently never described Russia?s response to his request.”
Flynn is also the fourth Trump administration official connected to the presidential campaign to be charged in Mueller’s Russia probe, in addition to potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes. The retired general was appointed to the national security advisor position in February, but held the role for less than a month. It was revealed at the time that he “misled” Vice President Mike Pence, and former chief of staff Reince Priebus about speaking with Kislyak about US sanctions against Russia.
BREAKING: Michael Flynn has been charged with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI. The statements were made regarding conversations with Russia’s ambassador. pic.twitter.com/ZX5bkuantc
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 1, 2017
Flynn is out with a statement, through his law firm: "The
actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right." pic.twitter.com/vA6RSOjEB1
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 1, 2017
Michael Flynn arrives at federal court ahead of his plea hearing in the special counsel's probe. (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/Ell26GB79N
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 1, 2017
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