Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and is expected to testify against President Trump.
In a public statement, the former lieutenant general said he “accept[s] full responsibility” for the actions that led to the charge, and said the guilty plea to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team was “in the best interests of my family and our country.” Last month, it was reported that Mueller’s prosecutors had enough evidence to indict both Flynn and his son.
FLYNN Statement: "My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country.”
Full statement >> pic.twitter.com/97cIoFXz40
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) December 1, 2017
Additionally, as part of his guilty plea, Flynn is expected to cooperate in the ongoing investigation into President Trump and his close associates’ alleged collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Michael Flynn, who previously headed the Defense Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama between 2012 and 2014, was one of Trump’s closest campaign advisors and loudly outspoken surrogates during the presidential campaign. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Flynn led a chant of “Lock her up” in reference to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying “If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today.”
Reminder: Flynn chanted “lock her up” at the RNC, said “If I did a tenth, a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail.” pic.twitter.com/AQY79rlzhm
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 1, 2017
President Trump was particularly fond of Flynn. Prior to his sudden firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Trump asked him to end the agency’s investigation of Michael Flynn, saying, “I hope you can let this go. He is a good guy.” Trump has also asked seven different officials to end the investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia — including Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Flynn, who was vice chair of Trump’s transition team prior to becoming National Security Adviser, reported to Vice President Mike Pence. Pence has received a letter from Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) asking about his knowledge of Flynn’s contact with Russian officials during the transition period.
(UPDATE 12/2/17, 5:49 PM ET: This article originally included a citation from ABC News stating that Flynn was expected to testify Trump told him to contact Russian officials. That report has been proven to be false.)
Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.