There are more developments in the breaking news that Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has been charged by Special Council Robert Muller’s team, Friday. Flynn, reports say, will cooperate with the Special Counsel’s office in their probe into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, and it appears that Flynn is prepared to testify that he interacted with the Russians on the orders of then candidate Trump.
“Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.,” the Daily Mail reports, “in the latest bombshell development in the Russia investigation that has ensnared leading advisors of President Donald Trump.”
Those following Mueller’s investigation have been shocked by the level of secrecy the team has managed to enforce. Still, the news of Flynn’s plea is hardly the end of the story. It implies that there’s more to come, and that Flynn is prepared to cooperate with the investigation.
ABC News first broke the news that Flynn is prepared to cooperate.
ABC reports that a source close to Flynn has informed them that the former National Security Advisor will testify “against Trump, against members of his family, and others in the White House.” It is believed that Flynn will acknowledge that he acted on orders from Trump.
Mike Flynn and his wife Lori appeared in court in Washington D.C. Friday morning. Flynn plead guilty to a federal judge of one count of lying to the FBI. Mueller accused him of making “false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements in a matter within the jurisdiction,” of Mueller’s probe.
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The charge carries jail time: five years in a federal facility. Yet there’s bound to be a deal made for Flynn’s cooperation that will keep him out of prison.
Judge Rudolph Contreras accepted Flynn’s plea and noted that “there will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal.”
All of this controversy stems from Flynn’s interaction with Sergey Kislyak, who was Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before Trump’s inauguration.