Former United States National Security Advisor Michael Flynn plead guilty to giving falsified statements to the FBI about meetings with the Russian ambassador and said a senior member of the administration’s transition team knew of it.
Mr. Flynn appeared in a federal court in Washington, D.C. on Friday where he admitted to knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements”.
According to an FBI statement, Flynn communicated with then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after a senior President Donald Trump transition team official asked him to find out where foreign governments stood on a Security Council resolution on Israel.
It was revealed later by multiple U.S. news agencies that Mr. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was the said senior transition official.
A lawyer for Kushner, who is now a senior advisor at the White House, has declined to comment on the recent revelations.
Flynn is the fourth individual connected with the 2016 Trump campaign that has been charged as a proponent of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s independent probe into alleged collusion between Moscow and campaign members, along with other crimes.
Flynn was only to answer “yes” or “no” in response to a judge’s questions Friday morning but he made clear he was not coerced to plead guilty or guaranteed a specific sentencing.
He could face up to five years in prison, but the judge said it could be higher or lower.
Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos recently pleaded guilty over making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he lied about contacts with officials that had ties to the Kremlin.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and deputy Rick Gates were indicted in November, pleading not guilty to crimes unrelated.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Jared Kushner (L) and Michael Flynn (R).