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

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

The court documents provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in contacting Russian officials to influence worldwide policy.

"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", he said in a statement.

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 about his conversations last December with Russia's ambassador to the USA at the time, Sergey Kislyak.

"But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right", he continued.

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

ABC News said in an unconfirmed report that the former military intelligence chief will testify that Trump himself had ordered him to reach out to the Russians - a report that sent Wall Street briefly tumbling.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will reportedly testify in court that President Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.

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The Special Counsel's probe has found illegal behavior stretching into the senior most levels of the White House. In the first statement Flynn made on December 29, 2016, Flynn denied making a request to a Russian ambassador to "refrain from escalating the situation" after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia and Flynn denied recalling that the Russian ambassador then stated they will "moderate" their response due the the request. The prosecutors' filing did not name the transition officials. He told a Trump transition official about that call.

With Flynn, the charges actually stem from his role on the White House transition team, and they involve a man who was clearly close to Trump - a man to whom the notoriously fickle Trump has for some reason remained loyal even long after Flynn's usefulness to him expired. Flynn described to them how Russian Federation would not retaliate for the sanctions following team Trump's request.

In the second statement Flynn made on December 22, 2016, Flynn denied asking a Russian Ambassador to delay or defeat a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The opposition Democratic Party was quick to slam Trump.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian diplomat, but was persuaded to cooperate after he learned the extent of the information Mueller's team had on him, Ross said. 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.

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!"

Flynn was an early and vocal supporter on the campaign trail of President Donald Trump whose business dealings and foreign interactions made him a central focus of Mueller's investigation.



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