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Michael Flynn to Plead Guilty Over False Statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Michael Flynn to Plead Guilty Over False Statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Flynn rejected claims that he had committed treason, but said he accepts "full responsibility for his actions." .

The Special Counsel's probe has found illegal behavior stretching into the senior most levels of the White House.

Say what you like about Flynn, but an ex-general follows the chain of command.

Flynn's catastrophic mistake was that he lied about the December 29 calls, first in denials to Trump spokesmen that were shared with me and other reporters on January 12, then to Vice President Pence and, most important, to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who interviewed him on January 24.

He also promised to cooperate with Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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.

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".

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.

The split from the White House suggested to many that Flynn was about to start coorperating with the independent investigation headed by Robert Mueller.

The White House rejected the idea that Flynn could implicate Trump for collusion with Moscow, even as court documents said that Flynn had been told by "senior" members of the presidential transition team to make contact with the Russians.

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.

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The 58-year-old was forced to resign earlier this year after misleading White House officials about a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in December 2016.

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

The Obama administration abstained, while the rest of the 15-nation council, including Russian Federation, voted unanimously against Israel.

Flynn, responding to questions from the Washington Post, once again denies any discussions with Kislyak about sanctions.

"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.

This guilty plea also comes on the heels of a new report about the President's efforts to silence the independent, bipartisan Senate investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

Former FBI director James Comey, whose firing by Trump led to the appointment of Mueller, sent out a tweet quoting a bible verse shortly after the news was announced. His business dealings and foreign interactions have made him a central focus of Mueller's investigation.

Three others have been charged in the Mueller probe.

Donald Trump and Michael Flynn speak at a campaign rally in Colorado on October 18, 2016.

Apparently, Mueller's team was seeking a deal of some kind to win Flynn's cooperation in that investigation.

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