Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors said, adding that he had spoken with a top member of Trump’s transition team regarding his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Federal prosecutors also said Flynn had been directed by “a very senior member” of Trump’s transition team regarding a December 2016 United Nations vote.
Flynn also filed materially false statements and omissions in his March 7, 2017, foreign agent filing over his company’s work with the Turkish government, according to prosecutors.
Michael Flynn released a statement about his guilty plea. He called his actions “wrong” and said he accepts “full responsibility” for his actions. He also said he was cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Here’s the full statement:
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.
Prosecutor: Flynn talked to Trump transition team in between calls with Russian ambassador
According to a statement from the prosecutor, Michael Flynn called President Trump’s transition team in between calls to Russia’s ambassador to the US.
On December 29, Flynn called the senior Trump transition team at Mar-A-Lago to discuss conversations with Sergey Kislyak, according to the statement. There were multiple conversations with the transition while he was also talking to Kisyak about Russia sanctions and the Russian response.
The prosecutors did not name any transition officials.
GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, reacting to the Flynn news, told CNN’s Manu Raju: “I would urge him not to pardon Michael Flynn but that will be up to the president.”
White House lawyer: “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn”
Ty Cobb, special counsel for the White House, just issued this statement regarding Michael Flynn:
Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.
The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.
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