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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret)., who was the short-termed former National Security Advisor under President Donald Trump pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on Dec. 1 at a Washington, D.C. courthouse that haunted the Trump White House and reignited fears that the Trump campaign and transition team were in contact with the Russian government during the contentious 2016 presidential election that has continued to haunt Americans by the day. Flynn is currently cooperating with the special counsel headed by Robert S. Mueller, the former FBI director from 2001 to 2013.

Flynn, who was the National Security Advisor from January 20 to his firing on the night of Feb. 13, was interviewed by the FBI on Jan. 24, four days after Trump was inaugurated. He lied to the FBI about his contacts with the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak about the United Nations resolution about Israeli settlements and U.S. sanctions that President Barack Obama issued on Dec. 29. It is true that Flynn contacted Kislyak to advise them to delay the U.N. resolution criticizing Israel for building settlements in Palestine. The Obama administration refused to veto the resolution at the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan.

Flynn then called Kislyak days later to discuss the Obama sanctions on Russia for their meddling in the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton. Flynn apparently lied to the FBI a month later when he said that he did not contact the Russians about the sanctions on Dec. 29, but about other topics. It is true that Flynn called Kislyak about how to deal with the response of the Obama sanctions. Lying to the FBI is a federal crime, and now that Flynn is the first person from Trump’s inner circle to be in legal crisis over the Russian probe. More of his associates are expected to face special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III’s questioning about their contact with Russia.

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