Michael Flynn in Court, will Plead Guilty to Lying to FBI
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser has been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller III with lying about his contacts with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. He will plead guilty.
This indicates that Flynn may be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller III, according to U.S. National security experts.
Mueller’s office said Friday morning that Flynn misled investigators when he was questioned about his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak.
The special counsel said Flynn lied when he told the FBI that he did not ask Kislyak “to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day,” and that he did not urge the Russian ambassador to delay a vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.
The statement from Mueller’s office said Flynn “willfully and knowingly” made “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI.
Flynn walked into court Friday morning where he is expected to plead guilty. The White House declined to comment when reached by the media Friday morning.
Lying to the FBI could carry a 5-year sentence but experts say that cooperating with the Mueller investigation could allow Flynn to get off serving any time.
‘The statement from Mueller’s office said Flynn “willfully and knowingly” made “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI.’
Flynn is the first Trump administration official and the fourth person connected to the Trump campaign to face charges as part of Mueller’s investigation into collusion between individuals close to the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and members of Trump’s campaign team, as well as obstruction of justice and other financial crimes.
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month by the Mueller team. They pleaded not guilty. Also, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the FBI over contacts with officials connected to the Russian government.
The charge against Flynn is the first in Robert Mueller’s probe that has reached someone in the Trump White House and is the latest sign that the special counsel’s investigation is intensifying.
Experts say Mueller’s ultimate goal is to get as close to Donald Trump as possible in order to get the information and leads needed to charge the president with potential crimes.
“Mueller is working diligently to bring charges against Trump. That is the ultimate goal and this guilty plea by Flynn brings him a step closer to that goal. If they are just charging him (Flynn) with lying to the FBI, you have to believe they have other more serious charges they are holding against him to force him to cooperate,” a national security source close to the investigation to The Liberal Advocate News Friday morning.
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