Details of the cooperation Former national security adviser Michael Flynn intends to give to special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and after emerged around noon on Friday as a "statement of the offense was release".
Flynn's decision to admit to these lies and cooperate with the Special Counsel occurred, if press reports are to be believed, with the backdrop of broad legal exposure by Flynn, in addition to his son. In the first statement Flynn made on December 29, 2016, Flynn denied making a request to a Russian ambassador to "refrain from escalating the situation" after the USA imposed sanctions on Russia and Flynn denied recalling that the Russian ambassador then stated they will "moderate" their response due the the request.
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.
Flynn's catastrophic mistake was that he lied about the December 29 calls, first in denials to Trump spokesmen that were shared with me and other reporters on January 12, then to Vice President Pence and, most important, to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who interviewed him on January 24. A spokesperson for the White House also did not immediately respond.
Flynn's only comments were to answer yes and no to questions from the judge in the court.
Flynn is the first Trump White House official to be charged with a crime in connection to Mueller's investigation.
Flynn is now accused of "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the feds.More news: Explosive Device Defused at Christmas Market in Germany
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He was forced to resign from his post as national security advisor, one of the most senior positions in the White House, after the Washington Post disclosed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about his contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Administration officials said Flynn had not discussed sanctions that had been imposed on Russian Federation in part over election meddling.
Israel was lobbying against the resolution and President-elect Trump's team spoke up on behalf of the Jewish state.
The Obama administration abstained, while the rest of the 15-nation council, including Russian Federation, voted unanimously against Israel.
"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", he continued. According to a memo Comey wrote afterward, Trump said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".
Given how much interest Trump had taken in Flynn's case earlier in 2017, people are waiting for his say on it.