Former US NSA pleads guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Posted December 02, 2017

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn released a statement following the news that he has been charged with making false statements to federal investigators. Court documents filed by the special counsel said that Flynn "willfully and knowingly" made "materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations".

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".

The sanctions were ordered in response to "aggressive harassment of United States officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election", Obama said in a statement on December 29, 2016.

ABC News, citing an unnamed source, reported that Flynn is prepared to testify Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians". 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.

To start with, and there are already reports to this effect, Flynn can say it was President-elect Trump and/or other Trump aides who directed him to say what he did to Kislyak.

He was forced to resign that post in February, just weeks after the president took office, due to public concerns over his contacts with Russian Federation.

Flynn's new cooperation with the special counsel investigation is somewhat expected after he cut ties with the White House's lawyers last week. They also extend to false statements that Flynn made in regard to his company, the Flynn Intel Group, in connection with his work as a lobbyist and consultant to the government of Turkey.

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

In the Security Council case, Flynn was told by "a very senior member" of the transition team to press Russian Federation to stall or block the vote, the court documents show.

Flynn, who was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation just days after Trump's inauguration, was forced to resign in February after White House officials said he had misled them about whether he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

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.

For Trump, the focus is on whether he has tried to stifle the investigation, including by firing FBI chief James Comey in May, which could draw charges of obstruction of justice, the same charges that forced president Richard Nixon from office in 1974.

During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, when Trump was officially nominated as the GOP's candidate, Flynn led the entire convention in a repeated chant of "Lock her up!"

Mueller's team announced charges in October against three other Trump campaign officials, former chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, and a former campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. Trump, who publicly fretted about his desire to have Mueller wrap up his investigation sooner rather than later, and who supposedly will "blow a gasket" if he isn't exonerated by year's end, will now watch as Mueller proceeds full steam ahead, bolstered by Flynn's input.