Michael Flynn pleads guilty for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jared Kusher

My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's office reflect a decision I made int he best interests of my family and our country.

Those officials discussed the details of what Flynn was supposed to communicate to the Russians about USA sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. 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.

The FBI folded Flynn into an official investigation into the possibility that Team Trump colluded with Russia, an inquiry that began in July 2016 after the USA intelligence community picked up reports of a pattern of odd contacts between the Trump campaign and an assortment of Russians.

At the center of this story is a mystery that will propel the rest of the inquiry: What was Trump so anxious about that it made him deny contacts with Russian Federation and denounce attempts to investigate those contacts?

Flynn was forced to resign in February after White House officials said he had misled them about whether he had discussed sanctions with Kislyak.

The White House cancelled a meeting between Trump and the press, while White House lawyer Ty Cobb said nothing about Flynn's guilty plea "implicates anyone other than Mr Flynn".

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


The "false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", he said. In charging Flynn, prosecutors made clear they believe that claim to be false.

Previous reports have purported that Flynn spoke with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak shortly after President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia.

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. Meanwhile, Papadopoulos, a low-level campaign staffer, is already doing so, after he was nailed for lying about his own, repeated contacts with Russian Federation, including the fact that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and "thousands of emails".

The same day, George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor who had sought to arrange a pre-election meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to investigators in a deal that made clear he too was cooperating in their investigation. Scheduled grand jury testimony regarding Flynn was also postponed by prosecutors.

The Obama administration, in a rare step that shocked its Middle East ally, planned to abstain on the motion rather than veto it as had been done in the past.

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. That appears to refer to the body's vote a day later to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Trump personally called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to press the case against the condemnation, and Egypt surprisingly postponed the scheduled showdown on December 22 - the same day Flynn met Kislyak.

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