Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was charged with giving false statements to FBI regarding the communications he had with Russia, and Friday he pleaded guilty.
Flynn charges came as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia meddling with 2016 election.
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich pointed out one detail about Flynn’s plea and the allegation that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election.
“The closest we get to Russia with the Flynn information that we have is that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador, but that would be a normal thing for any incoming White House National Security Advisor to do,” Pavlich stated.
Fox News reported that documents exposed that a “‘very senior member’ of the Trump transition team directed Flynn to contact foreign governments including Russia over a United Nations vote regarding Israeli settlements.”
So, Flynn contacted the Russian ambassador. Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” lying to the FBI, about the contact with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
Anyhow, Flynn admitting to “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” created a media freak out, with people attacking White House officials and President of having connections with Russia.
Allegedly Flynn is prepared to testify that President Trump said to him to contact the Russians and in return, the U.S. will cooperate with them to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.
Claims are saying that Trump was involved in directing the measures to contact other countries, with former senior intelligence officer saying Trump told Flynn and his deputy, K.T. McFarland to reach out to Russia and 12 other countries.
“The transition team felt that the Obama White House had completely abandoned any coherent foreign policy and had to fill the vacuum,” the source told Fox News.
The goal of the calls was to persuade other counties not to overreact to Obama team last-minute activities as Donald Trump transitioned from president-elect to president of the U.S.
However, President Trump’s lawyer, Ty Cobb, stated that Flynn has no evidence to support his claim that Trump did something wrong.
“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,” he stated.
BREAKING: President Trump’s personal attorney releases statement after Flynn plea:
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.” pic.twitter.com/TEygBKCx0W
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 1, 2017
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in (Flynn’s) resignation in February of this year,” he continued. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”
Flynn charges can sentence him to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, but prosecutors say it’s unlikely that Flynn will suffer either penalty due to the non-violent nature of his crime.
Flynn stated admitting he pleaded guilty because it was “in the best interests of my family and of our country.”
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