Member of Trump team directed Russian Federation contacts, says Michael Flynn

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives for a plea hearing at U.S. District Court where he’s expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States in Washington U.S. Fri

Trump fired Flynn in February, citing an "evolving and eroding level of trust" after the former national security adviser lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Kislyak. We hope that the cooperation of General Flynn that Special Counsel has secured as a part of this plea agreement extends to Flynn's cooperation with our committee, as his testimony could greatly advance our efforts.

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI, becoming the first Trump White House official to face criminal charges and admit guilt so far in the wide-ranging election investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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

ABC News said in an unconfirmed report that the former military intelligence chief will testify that Trump himself had ordered him to reach out to the Russians - a report that sent Wall Street briefly tumbling.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office announced the charge before Flynn appeared in a Virginia courtroom Friday morning to enter the plea.

Flynn is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court Friday
Flynn is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court Friday

Flynn admitted he lied to FBI investigators about his private discussions at the end of December 2016 with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, about United States sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of then president Barack Obama.

After the December 29 announcement, the Obama administration was openly puzzled by Moscow's decision not to retaliate, and began investigating possible interference by Flynn and the Trump campaign. Flynn also told authorities he did not recall the ambassador "subsequently telling him that Russian Federation has chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request", according to a court filing.

To start with, and there are already reports to this effect, Flynn can say it was President-elect Trump and/or other Trump aides who directed him to say what he did to Kislyak.

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.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

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This past Valentine's Day, President Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to stick around following a meeting with a group of national security officials in the Oval Office.

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

Three others have been charged in the Mueller probe.

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!"

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

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