UPDATE: ABC News has reluctantly issued a correction to its report that “candidate” Trump directed Flynn to contact the Russians. Trump was President-Elect at the time of the alleged contact, and is therefore not out of the ordinary for a transition team to engage in initial foreign affairs.
CORRECTION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZTu2K pic.twitter.com/URLiHf3uSm
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will reportedly testify in court that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.
Flynn was formally charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday, and has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI over his December 2016 phone call to Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
The retired Lieutenant General retired from his post as national security adviser in February, after it came out that he had lied about his conversation with Kislyak. The knowledge of that phone call appears to have been from a wiretap or a leak of classified information.
It is widely believed that Flynn’s “guilty” plea is part of a broader plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that entails revealing testimony on potential connections between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
As reported by ABC News, this includes revealing that Donald Trump instructed him to make contact with the Russians.
The full ramifications of this revelation are not immediately known, but may pertain to the scope of cooperation the Trump administration has had with Mueller’s investigation.
Then again, despite whatever appearance for the Trump administration that Flynn’s testimony might portray, Michael Flynn is a known liar, and has admitted as such.
*Update: White House attorney Ty Cobb released a statement saying that nothing in Flynn’s plea implicates anyone but Flynn.
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI,” Cobb said in a a statement, according to ABC News.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb said nothing in Flynn's plea deal implicates anyone in Trump's White House https://t.co/a89qOG4bb0 pic.twitter.com/rbkPdzwNhM
— The National Desk (@TND) December 1, 2017
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” he continued.
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
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