Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, was expected to plead guilty Friday to making a false statement to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He is the highest-ranking federal official accused so far in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged Friday with making a false statement to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The Washington Post says the case is “another monumental development” in the wide-ranging probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In a report Friday, The New York Times says Flynn is expected to plead guilty. The charge relates to alleged false statements Flynn made to the FBI on January 24, four days after President Trump was inaugurated, about his meeting with Kislyak during the transition. Flynn is accused of lying to the FBI about asking the ambassador in late December to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day.” Flynn also told authorities he did not recall the ambassador saying the Russians would moderate their response to Obama administration sanctions. Separately, authorities say Flynn lied about asking the ambassador to delay a vote on United Nations Security Council resolutions.