UPDATE: Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador and disclosed that he is cooperating with the special counsel’s office.

Flynn is the first person inside the Trump administration to be reached by special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, and the developments are a sign that the investigation is intensifying.

In court Friday morning, Flynn’s only comments were to answer yes and no to questions from the judge. He told the judge he has not been coerced to plead guilty or been promised a specific sentence.

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.

“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. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said.

Flynn is the fourth connected to his campaign to be charged as part of Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of President Donald Trump’s team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month; they pleaded not guilty. And 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.

‘This is a win for the White House’

The White House said late Friday morning that “nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.

“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,” Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer, said in a statement.

One person familiar with the mood in the West Wing insisted top White House officials were breathing a sigh of relief.

“People in the building are very happy,” the source said. “This doesn’t lead back to Trump in any way, shape or form.” The source noted that Flynn is being charged for making false statements, but not for any improper actions during the campaign.

“This is a further indication that there’s nothing there,” the source said. “This is a win for the White House.”

A source with knowledge of the legal team’s thinking tells CNN the Flynn plea “is not going to be a problem” for the President, though it could be a problem for people who worked with Flynn. The source said legal exposure for others would depend on what they might have said to the special counsel.

A source who advises the administration on strategy said this was expected.

“Poor judgment. But this was expected. Trump fired him for lying to (Vice President Mike Pence). Of course, he lied to the FBI, too,” the source said.

And another source, who is close to Trump, attempted to downplay the severity of the charge against Flynn by noting that lying in Washington is not new. The source maintained that he was still not worried about any potential cooperation between Flynn and the prosecutors.

Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 general election and was the focus of the “lock her up” chant first popularized by Flynn at the Republican National Convention, declined through a spokesman to comment on Friday’s developments.

Flynn’s lawyers have previously criticized media reports about his connection to the Russia investigation as peddling “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him.” Flynn hasn’t spoken publicly since his ouster in February.

The charges mark yet another stunning downfall for Flynn, 58, a retired general who rose to the highest ranks of the Army over a three-decade career — only to see him drummed out of the military by the Obama administration before unexpectedly rising again on the heels of Trump’s election victory.

A key campaign surrogate and adviser during President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Flynn was tapped as Trump’s national security adviser in November 2016, a senior White House job that put him in a vital role for all of the administration’s national security and foreign policy decisions.

Though he wasn’t initially considered for the top job, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner made it clear to the Trump transition team that they wanted him there, CNN has reported.

Flynn would hold the job less than a month, resigning from the post after he misled Vice President Mike Pence and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in which they discussed US sanctions against Russia.

Flynn is also the spark of potential trouble for the President in Mueller’s probe, as the special counsel is investigating potential obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee that Trump asked him to drop the Flynn probe during a February Oval Office meeting not long after Flynn resigned as national security adviser.

59 comments

  • Brain Laundry

    In real life, we are going to need Russia eventually. I don’t know if you know the modern day conditions there as opposed to China where it comes to personal rights? This might be a strange game of Chess where the general public ends up with more as they can sue their banks and have dash cams on most vehicles to lower insurance costs. Plus, that is a very large country that could harm us and is eager to trade but retain their culture and sovereignty rather than impose restrictions on America other than the blockage of adoptions. Putin rose to power after the apartment bombings, which is ugly if you look into it, but he won’t be around forever. The Chinese economy and government are set up in such a way that it is acceptable for people to steal family pets, keep them in cages, and then club them to death without mercy for profit in the markets without recourse. There are actual videos on YT. Don’t watch them. You will be haunted.

    • Brain Laundry

      Search, “Pets Dogs Clubbed to Death for Chinese Restaurants”. You will never eat Chinese food again and think twice about shopping at certain places that mainly sell Chinese products. The narrator states, “Some dogs collapse and are dragged by their necks paralyzed by fear, some lie silently, as though loyally awaiting the return of their human companions”. Then they club them with a pipe as they screech blood curdling sounds. One of the most horrific things I’ve ever stumbled across while researching political talk, and Russia is always on the news? I don’t like this place and tragedies happen every moment. What can we do to make it better?

  • A2B2C

    Several indictments, two guilty pleas, Mueller is just getting started, it’s still fake news, Trump knew nothing even though he picked these people and they surrounded him daily. He’s also said he didn’t know any Russians, didn’t do business with them and he and his campaign had no contact with them throughout or after the campaign!! WHY do so many of his “best and brightest” ALL have Russian ties then? WHY all the lies if he did nothing wrong?

  • ld

    The only possible reason that anyone can even give an ounce of support to trump/pence at this point is either complete ignorance, illiteracy or still just enjoying getting their pent-up racism out. The most ironic (and sad) part is somehow you believe that trump “cares” about you! He despises you!! You “poor people” are sickening and disgusting to him. If you don’t have a gold toilet, are able to buy a wife and a few mansions, you are human trash to him. By the way, get your wallets out to pay for his new billionaire tax break — I doubt many readers here have off-shore accounts, pay estate taxes and need to write-off private jets. Sad.

      • Trump Supporter Brain Disease

        And we recognize that brain disease in Trump supporters. He said he could walk down the avenue, shoot someone and not lose a vote. Those are the (R) Regardless who just don’t care who’s on the ballot. That’s a scary disease!

      • get real

        it’s true –trump despises you. He is laughing at people like you who are making him and his pals richer and richer at your expense — and he thinks it’s hilarious you can’t even see it! ‘patsy’ is pretty much the word for it!

    • Brain Laundry

      Dissenting opinions are obviously not welcome on this format by way of the small groups with more account access to force their opinions. I don’t agree with everything that you say in your other comments, but the wind has shifted drastically if anybody else has noticed? That is pretty scary when those groups will target opinions on an obvious scale. Pro- Trump comments usually had 10 likes and 3 disses, but it is apparent that for some reason, it is stepped up with some heat. Not on any bandwagon other than Freedom. I just noticed that opinions are being targeted in a somewhat minute scale. That is how slave systems start. Share your opinion more often. It is your right.

      • warningfakenews

        Oh, there’s a few good cops out there, unfortunately- there’s a lot of them like you describe here. Very little effort is made by the brothers in blue to disown the bad ones- and that’s a real problem. Nowadays, with video recorders everywhere, we are catching some of the bad ones and their enablers in swearing to falsifications, and that has them (the bad guys) troubled.

      • Brain Laundry

        Do we not come here just to check the weather and then get pulled into other people’s languished servitude? It sucks, and now the real basket cases think that they have a hold on you even though their weather forecast was WRONG. It is like Stockholm Syndrome. Comment less. Don’t feed the machine

  • Brain Laundry

    “Drummed out of the military by the Obama administration” and “Lied to the current VP” are not tip offs that we all might be on the same side if we are not directly associated with politics, banking, or happy enough not being of the 1%? That guy must have other skeletons that won’t get told. I’m not leaning to either side as much as I’m pointing out the preservation of our collective rights and freedoms that we enjoy. They were talking about trade sanctions? Honestly, every trade action should be held in a public forum including those that left once prosperous cities now bankrupt and destitute. We didn’t have the means to exchange information quickly at the time of China starting to ruin our local and national economies before supporting our enemies clandestinely. Now we have to look at who can harm or help us the most as the civilization that changed progress through freedom. If you trust banks and politicians? You are lost.

    • Brain Laundry

      Bitcoin soared to almost $11,000 per coin if you doubt my opinion. Cryptocurrencies will sadly destroy our grasp on actual possessions or lifestyles and cause us to reflect on better days while doing nothing but speaking meaningless comments on a news site that will be forgotten in a day or two. Why do we not have sanctions against those that are ruthlessly destroying public power while building monopolies that hide money overseas to skip paying taxes? They are laughing at your suffering and you love it. Who is taking action to reverse those trends? Should we inform each other?

  • warningfakenews

    The first thing that should have told Trump that Flynn was dishonorable was when Obama recommended him.

    Anyhow, Trump did the right thing firing him.

    • A2B2C

      Obama warned Trump about him. Sally Yates was fired by Trump for telling him Flynn had Russian connections and Trump fired Comey because he wouldn’t back off the Flynn investigation!!! BTW, Fox won the Fake News Award!! You’ve been warned!

    • Comrade Trumpski

      That’s right! Both Trump and Roy Moore are known to lean Liberal. Well observed. Sad that the Russian troll farm that spawned you was so negligent while trying to teach you to write convincingly in English. You’ve got 3 whoppers in your 2-sentence comment. Just one example: “they’re,” not “there.” You’re (not “your”) welcome.

  • Trump 2020

    I see people talking about the brain eating disease liberalism…. That’s exactly what it is and I fear for our nation if we don’t soon find the cure.

  • whatgoesaroundcomesaround

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!! I wonder when Putin is going to start singing? From what I’ve been reading, he’s out of patience with the bloated orange git.

  • Thiscountryneedsasargeantinarms

    He might do time at the Fed prison in minersville with Anthony wiener and Jerry sandusky

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    “…..“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. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said….” Time to pop the popcorn :-)

  • Trumpsters in the Dumpsters

    TRUMP’S NEW CAMPAIGN SLOGAN
    I supported Donald Trump and all I got was a stupid hat and a prison sentence.

  • Never fear. Ivanka Trump produces orange prison jumpsuits at her sweatshop in Bangladesh

    LOCK HIM UP. There’s plenty more room for Trump and his family in the other cells. Drain the Trump swamp till it’s dry.

  • Robert

    Can always count on the local fakestream propaganda team to not tell the story. He plead guilty to this charge. Wnep = fake news.

  • lookback

    What’s the big deal, all he did was subvert the rule of law, betray America and lie about it, these are values that now represent the Republican party and Trump’s cult. But Hillary Hillary Hillary sent emails to her own staff, oh my lock her up, but betray America and the GOP and their surfs will defend you all the way to the Kremlins doorstep. But then a little consideration is due for the Trumpers, they actually are victims, victims of Russian propaganda, everything the right wing believes was written by Russians operatives on websites and fed into their vacuous heads and their appetite for anything hateful was eaten and gulped down gleefully like a Jim Jones cultist. So have a little pity for the Trumpers, they have been brainwashed and accept deception, lies and Anti-American behavior and are no longer thinking on their own, poor thangs.

    • A Tooth For A Tooth

      That’s all you got? Whining “but Hillary Hillary Hillary”? By the way you Pedophile Party people couldn’t grow a pair if you tried. Unless you’re perving on a child, of course.

      • Democrats

        The party that thinks putting the rainbow on the White House was a good thing, and has no problem with two men playing hide the sausage or two women munching on carpet calls pedophilia sick? (Which it is, by the way). Just wait – the age barrier will be broken – and soon. Libs and Dems will push it through.

      • A Tooth For A Tooth

        Look, “Democrats,” if Jared Kushner and Don Jr. want to play hide the purple parsnip, and Kellyanne Conway wants to munch Sarah Sanders’s indoor/outdoor, how is that your business, or mine? What’s so disturbing about you brain-dead zombies is that you simply don’t care about children who are victimized by predators. Shocking? Nope. But it is disturbing.

    • She’s next - in jail

      Anyone that thinks Hillary would have made a good President needs to be committed to a mental institution. The fact that President DJT scares you pansies so much just further proves how soft we got as a country with eight years of Obozo. Time to go to work kiddies, play time is over. No more freebies.

      • shhhhhh

        the fact that trump doesn’t scare you is what is alarming. then again, how could anyone find fault with a womanizing, arrogant man like him? As soon as he got elected it all of a sudden became OK to openly express racism, sexism, hate and bigotry. other parts of the world look at us as if were a joke for electing such a ridiculous person. it would be rather soothing to know that we didn’t officially elect him and it does end up just being a fluke that he and his campaign created with a LOT of help from Russia. This man is single -handedly going to get our country nuked just by having a twitter pissing match with north korea.

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