Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday morning to making a false statements to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian ambassador, and court documents say senior members of the Trump transition team directed him to do so, marking major developments in special counselor Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Multiple outlets are reporting one of the transition officials is Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras said during Flynn’s plea hearing that the retired Army lieutenant general is cooperating with the government in Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian election meddling and possible collusion by Trump campaign officials.
Court documents say on Jan. 24 Flynn “willfully and knowingly made materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive brand of the government of the United States.”
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Some of Flynn’s statements were related to the nature of a conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 29, before Trump took office. The documents say he lied to investigators when he said he did not ask the ambassador “to refrain from escalation the situation in response to sanctions that the United States has imposed against Russia that same day,” and again when he said he didn
Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of at least two members of Trump’s transition team who were intimately aware of his outreach to Russian government officials in the weeks before the inauguration. Mueller’s prosecutors did not reveal the names of the officials, but indicated they were senior and within Trump’s inner circle.
Those officials discussed the details of what Flynn was supposed to communicate to the Russians about U.S. sanctions imposed by Obama administration. One of the officials, described as a “very senior member” of the presidential transition, also directed Flynn to contact foreign government officials, including Russia’s, about a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements.
Flynn resigned in February after it was revealed he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the…