Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump, Kushner

Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump, Kushner

The plea agreement makes clear that Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III about his discussions with the "senior official" and others.

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.

In a statement, Flynn said he acknowledged that his actions "were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right".

During the proceeding, Flynn also admitted in federal court to asking former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak not to retaliate for sanctions imposed by then-President Barack Obama - all under orders, Flynn said, from a "senior official" on the Trump transition.

Following his plea, Flynn left the court with his head down and released a statement agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel and said he accepted full responsibility of his actions. The Statement of the Offense included important new details, including that Flynn was directed by a senior transition official to contact Russian officials in an effort to influence Russia's response to the Obama Administration's imposition of sanctions and the UN Security Council resolution vote on Israeli settlements, and, crucially, that he reported back to transition officials.

He was forced to resign that post in February, just weeks after the president took office, due to public concerns over his contacts with Russian Federation.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb sought to distance the plea from Trump himself, saying, "Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn".

Flynn's lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation are especially significant because they were made at a time when he was serving as President Trump's National Security Advisor, a position of incredible importance and responsibility, and one integral to the safety of the nation.

Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, goes to the White House and warns White House counsel Donald McGahn that Flynn has misled administration officials about his contacts with Kislyak and is potentially subject to Russian blackmail.

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Mike Flynn has pled guilty to criminal conduct, while he was serving as National Security Adviser to the President of the United States, involving his contact with Russian officials.

In the Security Council case, Flynn was told by "a very senior member" of the transition team to press Russian Federation to stall or block the vote, the court documents show.

This past Valentine's Day, President Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to stick around following a meeting with a group of national security officials in the Oval Office.

Mueller's investigators have interviewed members of Trump's family, his top advisors, business partners and lawyers over their actions.

In January, the country's top intelligence chiefs said they had strong evidence showing Moscow had interfered in the campaign, by hacking and disinformation operations, specifically to boost Trump's chances of winning.

Warner noted that it's the second Trump campaign associate to plead guilty to making false statements, while former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy are facing a slew of charges.

Apparently, Mueller's team was seeking a deal of some kind to win Flynn's cooperation in that investigation.

During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, when Trump was officially nominated as the GOP's candidate, Flynn led the entire convention in a repeated chant of "Lock her up!"

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