Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's office reflect a decision I made int he best interests of my family and our country.

"Flynn's false statements and omissions impeded and otherwise had a significant material effect on the FBI's ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", the document declares. "I accept full responsibility for my actions", he said.

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.

The Justice Department appointed Mueller as special counsel in May after Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, who had been looking into the president and his potential connections with Russians.

"Flynn is accused of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about asking the ambassador in late December to "refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed on Russian Federation that same day". The prosecutors' filing did not name the transition officials.

Michael Flynn is ready to spill the beans on Trump, according to Ross.

The charges against Flynn relate to a series of discussions the general had last December, during the presidential transition, when he reportedly told Kislyak that Trump's White House might go easy on sanctions against Russian Federation that were imposed by President Obama and asked Kislyak to sabotage a United Nations resolution on Israel that Obama's White House supported.

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He is prepared to testify that, as a candidate, Trump "directed 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.

Figures in the online Trump loyalist movement that describes itself as "New Right" rushed to downplay the news earlier this morning that Flynn would plead guilty for lying to the FBI and claimed the revelation only served to discredit the investigation into whether the Trump campaign sought assistance from the Russian government.

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

Assuming Mueller is also using these charges to leverage Flynn - and there are always negotiations around guilty pleas like this (in this case it is believed Flynn has negotiated to avoid having his son, Michael Flynn Jr., charged) - he's just gotten much, much closer to the president himself.

The opposition Democratic Party was quick to slam Trump. When asked how he pleaded, Flynn only said, "Guilty, your honor".

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month. He has been under investigation for a wide range of allegations, including lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, but the fact that he was charged only with a single count of false statements suggests he is cooperating with Mueller in exchange for leniency.

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