The court filings from former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's plea hearing Friday show special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators are focused on the actions of President Donald Trump and his senior team.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Friday placed the news of Michael Flynn's guilty plea in the context of what he called "an alarming pattern" of presidential actions created to interfere with investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He entered his plea in federal court Friday morning.
This is a developing story - check back for updates. We hope that the cooperation of General Flynn that Special Counsel has secured as a part of this plea agreement extends to Flynn's cooperation with our committee, as his testimony could greatly advance our efforts.
Flynn did not stop to answer questions from reporters as he left the courtroom, but did issue a written statement to the press. This follows the guilty plea of a Trump campaign aide; charges against a Trump campaign manager; and charges against a key aide to the Trump campaign and transition.
Flynn had told Pence and other White House officials that he had merely spoken to the then-Russian ambassador about their winter holidays when in reality the two men had discussed the Obama administration's sanctions against Moscow.
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One of the officials, described as a "very senior member" of the presidential transition team, also directed Flynn to contact foreign government officials, including Russia's, about a UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements.
Trump, at a news conference, says in response to Flynn's resignation: "I don't think he did anything wrong".
This attempt to curb prosecution of Flynn was part of the chain of events that led to Mueller's appointment as special counsel.
Those officials discussed the details of what Flynn was supposed to communicate to the Russians about United States sanctions imposed by the Obama administration.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian diplomat, but was persuaded to cooperate after he learned the extent of the information Mueller's team had on him, Ross said. Flynn also denied receiving a response to the request.
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Given that Trump publicly thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 30 for not retaliating, it has always been hard to believe that Trump wasn't aware of the Flynn-Kislyak discussions.
Flynn is at the center of a broader investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election campaign. The next day, Trump met privately with then-FBI Director James B. Comey.
At the center of this story is a mystery that will propel the rest of the inquiry: What was Trump so anxious about that it made him deny contacts with Russian Federation and denounce attempts to investigate those contacts?
Signs of Flynn cooperating with Mueller's team surfaced in the past week, as his lawyers told the legal team they could no longer discuss information about the case with them.
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