Trump's ex-NSA Flynn pleads guilty to lying in Russian Federation probe
- Author: Megan Austin Dec 02, 2017,
Dec 02, 2017, 0:37
A source closed to President Donald Trump said the latest developments surrounding his former national security advisor Michael Flynn are "very, very, very bad," according to NBC News.
As part of Flynn's plea deal he agreed to "cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with the special counsel's office.
"I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong", Flynn said in a statement. "I accept full responsibility for my actions".
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.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of making false statements to investigators, in a deal in which he pledged to cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller's wide-reaching investigation into Trump, his family, staff and advisors.
The document that was filed with the indictment in a Washington D.C. court, lists statements from Flynn as to why he would have met with Russian officials and who may have directed him to do so during the transition between President Barack Obama's administration and the incoming Donald Trump 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.
Flynn admitted he lied to FBI investigators about his private discussions at the end of December 2016 with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, about U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow by the administration of then president Barack Obama.
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Trump began a series of stops on the South Lawn, then went to the State Floor and Rose Garden on the White House grounds. However by September the team had still not received their invitation, despite other teams receiving theirs.
The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official.
Early on in is administration, Trump had taken a particular interest in the status of the Flynn investigation.
Flynn had told Pence and other White House officials that he had merely spoken to the then-Russian ambassador about their winter holidays when in reality the two men had discussed the Obama administration's sanctions against Moscow.
In the second statement Flynn made on December 22, 2016, Flynn denied asking a Russian Ambassador to delay or defeat a United Nations Security Council resolution.
Flynn's lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation are especially significant because they were made at a time when he was serving as President Trump's National Security Advisor, a position of incredible importance and responsibility, and one integral to the safety of the nation.
"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", Cobb said.
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!" Mike Flynn has pled guilty to criminal conduct, while he was serving as National Security Adviser to the President of the United States, involving his contact with Russian officials.
Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month.