Now I’ll tell [Bob] Mueller everything to ‘set things right’ – disgraced national security adviser, Michael Flynn signals he’s ready to deal
Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn admitted GUILT at plea hearing Friday morning in Washington DC
Special Counsel’s office charged Flynn with making ‘false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements’
Criminal information says he made false statements to the FBI just four days after Trump took office
He lied about what he had said to then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the information from the special counsel says
Flynn’s listed charges carries a maximum sentence of five years, he’s signaled a willingness to testify against Trump, family members, and White House
Flynn who was fingerprinted and photographed at FBI field office in Washington has been a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation
Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, ready to provide ‘full cooperation’ to Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, in his Russia probe. He is seen arriving at court in Washington D.C. to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.
Is this the silver bullet? The Washington political landscape exploded Friday morning with the bombshell that disgraced former Trump National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn will provide ‘full cooperation’ to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his Russia probe after his stunning guilty plea in federal court Friday morning.
‘My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,’ Flynn said in a statement.
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in the latest bombshell development in the Russia investigation mushroom engulfing a widening circle of leading advisors of President Donald Trump.
The curiously ‘single-charge’ plea was accompanied by the political bombshell that
Flynn was prepared to tell ALL to investigators that immediately exploded across the political landscape. It appears to point to the Mueller team acquiring a guided laser to go after much bigger fish in the Russia probe.
Flynn has promised to provide ‘full cooperation’ to Mueller’s team, ABC News reported.
Mike Flynn accompanied by his wife Lori, arrived in court in Washington D.C. for his federal plea deal on Friday.
Informed ‘speculation’ in the capital is that facing five years, Flynn almost certainly has made a deal with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which could implicate other players in the Trump world.
ABC reports an inside source that hinted that Flynn was prepared to testify ‘against Trump, against members of his family, and others in the White House.’The network’s Brian Ross reported on air, that Trump ‘ordered and directed him to contact the Russians’, Flynn is prepared to testify.
Flynn said in a statement: ‘After over thirty-three years of military service to our country including five years in combat away from my family and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of treason and other outrageous acts.’
‘Such false accusations are contrary to everything I’ve ever done and stood for,’ Flynn said.
‘But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong. Through my faith in God I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,’ he continued.
Flynn reportedly, is facing extraordinary legal and ‘serious financial problems’ and wanted to do the ‘right thing for his country.’
Mueller’s office charged Flynn with lying to the FBI about Russia as well as efforts to derail a UN Security Council resolution, in the second major legal action against a top Trump campaign or White House official.
In response, the White House, through counsel Ty Cobb issued a blistering statement calling Flynn a ‘former Obama administration official. Former defense intelligence official, Flynn was fired by President Obama.
‘Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI,’ said Cobb.
‘The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.,’ Cobb said.
‘The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.’
l: Mike Flynn photographed in the Oval Office with president Trump and chief strategist Steve Bannon. Feds say he’d lied to the FBI just four days earlier.
The last president is on record as having warned Trump against appointing Mike Flynn as National Security Advisor. The same opinion cost New Jersey Gov Chris Christy his position as head of the transition committee.
According to a statement of the offense released by Mueller’s office, Flynn on December 29 called a member of Trump’s presidential transition team, who was with other senior transition members at Mar-a-Lago.
Flynn and the officials discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia, as well as ‘the potential impact of those sanctions on the incoming administration’s foreign policy goals’ and that members of the transition ‘did not want Russia to escalate the situation.’
Immediately after the call, according to the statement of offense, Flynn called Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak and requested that Russia ‘not escalate the situation.’
On December 30, just days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement stating Russia would not take retaliatory action – the preference Flynn heard about from Mar-a-Lago.
A judge accepted Flynn’s guilty plea Friday morning, CNN reported. The maximum sentence is five years.
‘Yes, sir,’ Flynn, a retired three-star general said when the judge asked about his guilty plea.
Federal Judge Rudolph Contreras accepted the plea and was quoted as saying: ‘There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal.’
According to an information released by Mueller’s office, Flynn willfully made ‘false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements in a matter within the jurisdiction’ of the U.S. government, including the FBI.
The largely obfuscated nature of the charge which did not come from a federal grand jury, immediately raised the possibility of a guilty plea that would involve cooperation with Mueller’s expansive probe. It looked it was designed not to send pointers to other possible targets of the probe.
Former Trump National Security advisor Michael Flynn charged with lying to the FBI
According to the federal prosecutors, Flynn stated that on December 29 he ‘did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day.’
That relates to the sanctions President Obama slapped on Russia shortly before leaving office for election interference.
Flynn reportedly, also stated that he ‘did not recall the Russian Ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.’
Russia’s then ambassador Sergey Kislyak, [photo], spoke with Flynn before Trump’s inauguration. Four days later Flynn lied to the FBI about the nature of his conversation with Kislyak
Russia ultimately chose that course of action, failing to retaliate even after Obama confiscated diplomatic compounds that Trump would later return.
Flynn’s contacts with Russia took place while the exiting Obama administration was already in place – and Trump and his team did not yet have formal governing power.
Flynn also stated that in an additional instance, on December 22, 2016, he ‘did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United National Security Council resolution; and that the Russian Ambassador subsequently never described to Flynn Russia’s response to his request.’
The Security Council resolution condemned Israel for new settlement activity. In a rare diplomatic break from a key ally, the Obama administration abstained from the resolution.
Russian president Vladimir Putin [left] and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan are two foreign leaders caught in the Russia collusion probe
According to a report in Foreign Policy, Trump’s transition team vigorously tried to lobby against the resolution, breaking with tradition that the U.S. government speak with one diplomatic voice. Flynn himself called foreign ambassadors of security council members, including Uruguay and Malaysia.
Feds say Flynn made his false statements to the FBI on January 24 of this year, four days after Trump took office.
According to the statement of offense, a ‘very senior’ member of the transition ‘directed’ Flynn to reach out to foreign leaders about the UN resolution – ‘including Russia’ – to find out where the leaders stood. which goes to buttress a statement in March by Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kellner, that ‘General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,’ implying a willingness to cooperate,’ Kellner told a congressional committee probing Russian interference
Investigators early on focused not only on Flynn, but on his son, Michael Flynn, Jr.
CNN reported last month that Flynn was concerned about legal exposure born by his son.