Donald Trump’s former advisor Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying in Russia probe

Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor to US President Donald Trump, will plead guilty to lying to FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2017 11:01 pm
Flynn is moving to cooperate with Mueller's investigation White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Reuters Photo)

US President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI over possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s US presidential polls.

Flynn appeared before a federal court this morning to plead guilty after ex-FBI director Robert Mueller, who has been probing involvement of Trump’s team member in alleged Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, announced that Flynn was charged with “wilfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s then ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak..

Flynn, a retired Army general who was fired from his White House post in February after revelations he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, is a central figure in the federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Read: Who is Michael Flynn?

The charge against him is another escalation in an investigation that has cast a cloud over the Trump administration since the Republican president took office on Jan. 20.

In a filing with the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the office said Flynn made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Jan. 24.

Flynn falsely told FBI officials that in December 2016 he did not ask Russia’s ambassador to the United States to refrain from escalating the situation after Washington had imposed sanctions on Moscow, according to the filing.

The sanctions were imposed by outgoing Democratic President Barack Obama.

Flynn, who was a senior adviser to Trump before the president took office, also falsely stated that he did not recall the Russian ambassador telling him that Moscow had chosen to moderate its response to U.S. sanctions as a result of his request, the document alleged.

The filing, dated Nov. 30, also said Flynn falsely stated that he did not ask the Russian ambassador earlier in December to delay a vote or defeat a pending U.N. Security Council resolution, and that the ambassador never described Russia’s response to his request.

Moscow has denied a conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election campaign to try to sway the vote in Trump’s favor. Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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  1. Sumaa Gururaj
    Dec 2, 2017 at 5:35 am
    More people should die,i pray God millions and millions of kerala people should die kerala people are beef eaters They send their women's to Saudi as slaves of Arabs They are communist s They are bloody Christians Muslims And beef eaters Hindu ers They are drunkards They are womanizers They are blue film makers like shakheela movies. The kerala Hindus ditch their religion to become Christ and Muslims and join Isis They are terrorists
    1. R
      Dec 2, 2017 at 4:34 am
      Soon Trump too will be caught, the whole election was hijacked by Russians to elect Trump, Russian want the destruction of US and it's democratic Values. Modi and Trump have same agenda to create hatred, fear, suppress minorities and rule. Both leaders are FASCISTS
      1. S
        Dec 1, 2017 at 9:39 pm
        He may soon be jailed for few years. In India such quick justice against powerful is unthinkable. In India nobody pleads guilty come what may.
        1. R
          Dec 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm
          In India even the judges will tell lies if they stand to benefit what to talk of babus and politicians. We are a corrupt nation
          1. n
            Dec 2, 2017 at 4:15 am
            So is America, Germany, Great Britain and all the others who claim for themselves to be the top of morale, ethics and democracy. Corruption (t)here just comes in the disguise of executive board memberships and alike...