BREAKING: Michael Flynn Charged With Making False Statements To The FBI
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been charged with making false statements to the FBI, the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed in court documents filed on Friday.
Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, is expected to plead guilty to the charges at a plea hearing scheduled in Alexandria, Va. on Friday morning.
According to the charging document against Flynn, he lied to FBI agents during a Jan. 24 meeting in which he was asked about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Prosecutors say that Flynn lied when he said that during a Dec. 29, 2016 conversation with Kislyak, he did not ask the Russian diplomat “to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day.”
He also falsely claimed that he did not recall that Kislyak told him that Russia “had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”
Flynn also misrepresented a conversation he had with Kislyak on Dec. 22, 2016. Flynn initially claimed that he did not ask Kislyak to delay a vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution.
Flynn was fired by President Trump on Feb. 13, purportedly because he made false statements to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Kislyak.