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Flynn Admits to Lying, Says Trump Team Knew of Russia Talks
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents and is providing cooperation that promises to take Special Counsel Robert Mueller deep into Donald Trump’s administration.
Speaking in court as part of his plea agreement, Flynn, 58, described a series of conversations with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in late December as the Trump team prepared to enter the White House. The talks were instigated by a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team. Flynn said he then asked the ambassador to delay or defeat a security council vote.
About a week later, Kislyak reached out to Flynn about sanctions that the Obama administration had just imposed on Russia. Flynn said he called a senior transition team official at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for guidance, before asking Kislyak to moderate Russia’s response, which Russia ultimately did. Then, he told the court, he called transition team members to tell them what had transpired.
Flynn now says he lied to the FBI about the substance of those conversations, but that he had fully informed the transition team of those conversations.
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— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) December 1, 2017