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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty: What You Need to Know

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty: What You Need to Know

As part of Flynn's plea deal he agreed to "cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with the special counsel's office.

The retired Army lt. general whined about how "extraordinarily painful" special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign had been for him.

"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. "I accept full responsibility for my actions".

The charge against Flynn is the first in Mueller's probe that has reached someone in the Trump White House and is the latest sign that the special counsel's investigation is intensifying, CNN reported.

He pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as part of a plea deal agreed to fully cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, the network reported.

Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of at least two members of Trump's transition team who were intimately aware of his outreach to Russian government officials in the weeks before the inauguration.

It's the first plea by any of the four former advisers to President Donald Trump charged so far in the wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

An indictment filed by Mueller's office said Flynn "falsely stated" on December 29, 2016, that he did not ask Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russian Federation that same day", and that Flynn did not recall Kislyak "subsequently telling him that Russian Federation had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request".

The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official.

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Then again, despite whatever appearance for the Trump administration that Flynn's testimony might portray, Michael Flynn is a known liar, and has admitted as such. Flynn also denied receiving a response to the request.

Besides a Dec. 29 conversation about sanctions, prosecutors also cite an earlier December meeting, in which Flynn asked Kislyak to delay or defeat a U.N. Security Council resolution.

"It is part of an alarming pattern in which the President has already fired the FBI Director; pressured the Attorney General and top USA intelligence officials to interfere with an ongoing investigation; and contemplated issuing pardons for his associates or firing the special counsel, according to numerous press reports", Warner continued.

The Obama administration, in a rare step that shocked its Middle East ally, planned to abstain on the motion rather than veto it as had been done in the past.

The same day, George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor who had sought to arrange a pre-election meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to investigators in a deal that made clear he too was cooperating in their investigation. He told a Trump transition official about that call.

Next, Flynn can tell Mueller what, if anything, he knows about the contacts between Russian Federation and a series of Trump officials in 2016, including meetings, emails, phone calls and trips involving Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Carter Page, Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos.

President Trump's attorney Ty Cobb played down the importance of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's guilty plea Friday.

Since the first allegations of Russian interference past year, Trump has dismissed it as "fake news" and an excuse for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's stunning loss in the election.

Three others have been charged in the Mueller probe.