BREAKING: Mike Flynn To Plead Guilty To Lying To The FBI About Contacts With Russia
President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will plead guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian government officials, CNBC reported Friday.
A plea hearing for the retired Army lieutenant general, the first Trump administration official charged in the ongoing Russia probe, has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. federal court, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said.
The retired Army lieutenant general is expected to plead guilty to a criminal information charging him with a single count of knowingly making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to FBI agents.
Specifically, Flynn falsely told the FBI that he did not tell the Russian ambassador to the United States that the country should “refrain” from escalating tensions between the two countries in the wake of new sanctions leveled against it by the outgoing Obama administration.
Speculation about Flynn cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe spiked in late October when the special counsel hit former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with an indictment that included money laundering allegations.
Flynn resigned as national security adviser this past February, less than a month into Trump’s first term, when it was revealed that he had lied about conversations he’d had with Russian officials about potential sanctions relief.