Surprise, surprise! (But not really.)
On Friday, Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador — and now, he’s trying to set things right.
How? By becoming the first person inside POTUS’s administration to pledge his “full cooperation” in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation!
According to an FBI statement, Flynn admitted to communicating with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak after being asked by a senior official to find out how foreign governments stood on a UN Security Council resolution about Israel.
The communication, which included a conversation about sanctions, took place during the transition period before Trump’s inauguration.
In a statement, the retired Lt. General acknowledged that his actions “were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right.” He added:
“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.”
Insiders say Flynn’s decision to make the plea deal is due to him feeling abandoned by the President in recent weeks. In case you forgot, former FBI director James Comey claimed Trump fired him for refusing to drop the Flynn investigation.
In court Friday morning, Flynn told the judge he has not been coerced to plead guilty or been promised a specific sentence — but the fact that he was charged with only a single count of false statements suggest he’s cooperating in exchange for a lenient sentence.
Flynn was free to go after the hearing, but has to check in with officials each week. He faces up to 5 years in prison.
What does Trump think about this bombshell? A source told ABC News the president was not surprised Flynn lied to the FBI, given that he also “lied” to the White House.
Remember, Flynn was forced to resign just a few weeks after taking over as national security adviser after it was revealed he misled Mike Pence and other Trump officials about his meeting with the Russian ambassador. Flynn initially denied he discussed US sanctions placed on Russia with Kislyak, but transcripts of his phone calls proved otherwise.
But don’t be mad at the Trump administration! According to a White House lawyer, “nothing” about Flynn’s guilty plea implicates anyone in the Trump White House.
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