Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor to Donald Trump, is expected to plead guilty to charges pertaining to lying to the FBI about conversations held with a Russian ambassador. According to The New York Times, Flynn's potential admission of guilt is likely an indication of cooperation with Robert Mueller's special investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election.
Flynn's expected admission of guilt is also likely part of a plea deal, which could lead Mueller in the direction of Trump's inner circle as the next targets of the investigation. Flynn is the fourth person in Trump's constellation of associates to be charged as a result of the investigations.
The charges specifically pertain to two discussions Flynn held with Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.
Former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates had previously warned the White House about Flynn and had described him as a blackmail risk. Shortly after that warning, Flynn would go on to resign after it was discovered that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his political influences and his dialogue with Kislyak.
Trump continued to characterize Flynn as “a very good person” in the fallout of his resignation and had encouraged Former FBI Director James Comey to "[let] Flynn go." Comey was fired by Trump shortly after that.
Flynn had been open about his belief that the United States should foster a better relationship with Russia and had urged cooperation between American officials and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
The charges brought against Flynn and his expected admission of guilt are particularly ironic considering Flynn had vociferously campaigned for Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, to be charged with crimes and imprisoned in 2016:
The White House has not yet offered a statement on the matter but has repeatedly characterized Mueller's investigation as erroneous.
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