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Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

02 December 2017, 12:53 | Colleen Roy

Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn to plead guilty to lying to the FBI

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One at the White House Saturday Dec. 2 2017 in Washington. Trump is traveling to New York for a fundraising event

The charges against Flynn were brought on by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that Russian Federation may have had a hand in tampering with last year's presidential election. Trump's worst fears may soon be realized.

In a January 24 interview with investigators, Flynn denied having asked Kislyak to moderate Russia's response to new sanctions and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, announced by Obama in retaliation for Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.

The charges against Flynn stem from Mueller's months-long investigation into purported Russian meddling to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, including hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee, and into any possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn", he said.

A report from the Washington Post then said that Flynn has indeed discussed sanctions, reportedly causing rifts with senior colleagues who had defended him. According to a court filing, Flynn said that a "very senior member" of the presidential transition team asked Flynn on December 22 to contact officials to help delay or defeat a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlement policies. At the very least, that's embarrassing to Pence, who ought to resign.




The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official.

President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump. 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 full ramifications of this revelation are not immediately known, but may pertain to the scope of cooperation the Trump administration has had with Mueller's investigation. The same goes for the investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees, despite the fact that during a closed-door meeting with GOP senators this week Trump implored the Senate committee to wrap up its own inquiry. Flynn's decision to admit to these lies and cooperate with the Special Counsel occurred, if press reports are to be believed, with the backdrop of broad legal exposure by Flynn, in addition to his son.

Michael Flynn was charged with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements". This follows the guilty plea of a Trump campaign aide; charges against a Trump campaign manager; and charges against a key aide to the Trump campaign and transition. And there's more to come. In May, Trump nominated McFarland to serve as ambassador to Singapore. "Lock her up!" On Friday morning, as Flynn hurriedly exited the federal court building in Washington, D.C., after making his guilty plea, a spectator held high a simple, hand-lettered sign: "Lock him up!"



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