The U.S. President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI about his conversation with the Russian ambassador.
“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,” said President Trump’s former National Security adviser Michael Flynn.
Special Counselor Robert Mueller brought these charges as part of his investigation into the Russian meddling in the last U.S. election in 2016.
Former Trump adviser Flynn is the most senior member of the Trump administration to be indicted.
The statement made by Mr. Flyn indicated a higher rank official in the administration to be involved in the Russian connection.
1) Trump admits he fired Flynn because he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI.
2) Then he went to the FBI & pressured Comey to close the investigation.
3) The President of the United States just admitted to Obstruction of Justice via Twitter. https://t.co/I9TSKvYSei
— Millennial Politics (@MillenPolitics) December 2, 2017
Robert Mueller is supposed to work in that direction which might eventually lead to the top notch of the administration.
The speculation is that Mr. Flynn’s indicated higher official in Russian direction is none other than Jared Kushner himself. Jared Kushner is President Trump’s son-in-law and top advisor.
Mr. Flynn admitted in the court of making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements.”
The AFP reported that the court accepted Mr. Flynn’s guilty plea. “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,” Flynn said.
This is a confession to obstruction of justice. Trump knew Flynn was guilty when he urged Comey to “let him go.” https://t.co/P4qGWMffJd
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) December 2, 2017
The White House issued a statement that “nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”
President Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb said, “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 way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
“What has been show is no collusion, no collusion, there has been absolutely no collusion,” Trump told reporters as he departed from the White House.
So Trump knew Flynn lied to FBI and then told Comey to go easy in him. Is what Trump himself is saying. What the hell is he doing.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 2, 2017
President Trump later tweeted, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”