Former Trump Adviser Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI

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Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn to plead guilty to lying to the FBI

02 December, 2017

As part of Flynn's plea deal he agreed to "cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with the special counsel's office.

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 U.S. at the time, Sergey Kislyak.

He added that his actions "were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right".

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

Flynn asks for immunity in exchange for testifying to the House and Senate intelligence committees investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, negotiations that were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Flynn has confirmed that he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his guilty plea for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecutors indicated Flynn has already testified that Trump transition officials directed his contacts with Russians.

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.

The Justice Department appointed Mueller as special counsel in May after Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, who had been looking into the president and his potential connections with Russians.

Flynn, who once headed the Defense Intelligence Agency, also admitted he lied to investigators about secretly asking Kislyak on December 22 to defeat or delay a looming UN Security Council resolution to condemn Israel's settlements in Palestinian territory. Mueller's prosecutors did not reveal the names of the officials, but indicated they were senior and within Trump's inner circle.

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Early on in is administration, Trump had taken a particular interest in the status of the Flynn investigation.

In the Security Council case, Flynn was told by "a very senior member" of the transition team to press Russian Federation to stall or block the vote, the court documents show. Flynn described to them how Russian Federation would not retaliate for the sanctions following team Trump's request.

At the time, Flynn was a campaign and transition advisor with no official U.S. government role, but it was known that he would likely become Trump's White House national security advisor.

"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", Cobb said in a statement released to reporters.

A White House lawyer said that nothing in Flynn's guilty plea "implicates anyone other than Mr Flynn".

Since the first allegations of Russian interference previous year, Trump has dismissed it as "fake news" and an excuse for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's stunning loss in the election.

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month.

But Trump has repeatedly rejected that view.

Mueller's charging documents state bluntly that Flynn interfered with the FBI's inquiry into Trump-Russia collusion.

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