Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI
(CNN) -- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador.
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday morning charged Flynn with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI regarding conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Special Counsel’s charge against Flynn: One count of false statements pic.twitter.com/E42RDu94wg
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 1, 2017
A short time later, Mueller appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty.
BREAKING: Former Trump national security adviser Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI about contacts with Russian ambassador.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2017
The White House declined to immediately comment.
Flynn is the first Trump administration official and the fourth connected to the campaign to be charged as part of Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump's team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.
Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month; they pleaded not guilty. And Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the FBI over contacts with officials connected to the Russian government.
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