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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty: What You Need to Know

02 December 2017

A key campaign adviser during Trump's presidential campaign, Flynn was tapped as Trump's national security adviser in November, 2016, a senior White House job that put him in a vital role for all of the administration's national security and foreign policy decisions.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is to plead guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the fourth former Trump adviser charged so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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".

In a statement, Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general said he accepted responsibility for his actions and added: "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".

Flynn and a Trump adviser "discussed that the members of the presidential transition team at Mar-a-Lago did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation" the filing said.

In the statement, prosecutors said Flynn spoke with a "senior official" of Trump's transition team who was at Mar-a-Lago resort in December 2016 to discuss what, if anything, he would say to the then Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergy Kislyak. He also receives a speaking fee from a Russian government-run television network that USA officials consider a propaganda outlet. Flynn described to them how Russian Federation would not retaliate for the sanctions following team Trump's request.

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.

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A White House lawyer said that nothing in Flynn's guilty plea "implicates anyone other than Mr Flynn".

As reported by ABC News, this includes revealing that Donald Trump instructed him to make contact with the Russians.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain.

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

"Nothing that I heard, your honor", Flynn replied. As Mueller's probe intensified in the early months of the Trump administration, Gates left the nonprofit altogether.

Next, Flynn can tell Mueller what, if anything, he knows about the contacts between Russian Federation and a series of Trump officials in 2016, including meetings, emails, phone calls and trips involving Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Carter Page, Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos.

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty: What You Need to Know