Former Trump Adviser Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI

Casey Dawson
December 2, 2017

US District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras said during Flynn's plea hearing that the government will decide how effectively Flynn is co-operating.

"My guilty plea and agreement to co-operate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country".

Flynn appeared before a federal court this morning to plead guilty after ex-FBI director Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election as a special counsel, announced that Flynn was charged with "wilfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Russia's then ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

In a statement, Flynn said he acknowledged that his actions "were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right".

Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump ordered him to reach out to Russia, ABC News reported Friday.

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.

Flynn is the most senior member of the Trump administration to have been indicted by the special counsel thus far.

The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official.

A December 29 call between Flynn and Trump advisers discussed the potential impact on the "incoming administration's foreign policy goals", according to a court filing Friday. Flynn also denied receiving a response to the request.

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As per the charge sheet, 58-year-old Flynn, a retired general, lied when he told investigators that he did not ask Kislyak to "refrain from escalating the situation" in response to sanctions that then-president Barack Obama had imposed on Russian Federation, and that he did not ask the ambassador to either delay or defeat a related UN Security Council vote.

During Trump's transition to the White House, Flynn reportedly has a second meeting with Turkish government officials at the 21 Club, an upscale NY restaurant. He told a Trump transition official about that call.

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

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee earlier this year that she had warned the White House about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak so that the Trump administration "could take action" amid concerns that Flynn was subject to blackmail by Russians.

The opposition Democratic Party was quick to slam Trump.

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

During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, when Trump was officially nominated as the GOP's candidate, Flynn led the entire convention in a repeated chant of "Lock her up!"

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