Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn released a statement after his surprising guilty plea in court Friday morning. Flynn said, “My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Flynn certainly has some sort of deal in place with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as he plead guilty to lying about his connections with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, to the U.S., which will carry heavy fines and up to five years in prison.
Information released by Mueller’s office, stated that Flynn willfully made “false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements in a matter within the jurisdiction” of the U.S. government, including the FBI.
According to a source close to Flynn, he plans on testifying “against Trump, against members of his family, and others in the White House,” ABC reports. Apparently, if he’s going down, he’s going to try to take as many people with him that he can.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb issued a scathing statement calling Flynn a “former Obama administration official.” Cobb continued, “The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”
AFP reported that Judge Rudolph Contreras accepted the guilty plea and declared that there will not be a trial, and doesn’t expect any appeals.
Mueller’s team has been digging into the 2016 presidential election, investigating any Russian interference, as well as possible obstruction of justice. According to the FBI, Flynn started spinning his lies on December 22, 2016, while the prior administration was in place, as Trump’s team did not have former governing power yet.
The FBI interviewed Flynn at the White House four days after the president was sworn into office. Intelligence agencies had grown so concerned about Flynn’s communications with Kislyak, and false accounts that he provided to Vice President Mike Pence, that the acting attorney general at the time, Sally Q. Yates, warned the White House that its national security adviser might be compromised by the Russians.