Flynn pleads guilty to federal charge

By Laurie Bennett

December 1, 2017 at 9:39am

Michael T. Flynn, former national security adviser to Donald Trump, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

Court documents show that Flynn’s discussions with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., were coordinated by the Trump-Pence transition team. Prosecutors said Flynn was directed by a “very senior member of the team.”

As the interactive Muckety map above illustrates, senior transition team members included Vice President Mike Pence; the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Reince Priebus, former chief of staff to the president.

The released documents did not name that individual, although several news outlets named Kushner later in the day.

Flynn is the first administration official to be charged in connection with the Mueller investigation. He was Trump’s national security adviser for less than a month before resigning in February.

Three officials of the Trump campaign have also been charged. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, have pleaded not guilty. George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser with the campaign, admitted making a false statement to the FBI.

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