Robert Mueller just took game changing action against Michael Flynn
According to the details obtained by us, Former NSA Michael Flynn, is set to plead guilty Friday morning to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador
Special counsel said, Flynn lied when he told investigators that he did not ask then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation” in response to sanctions that then-President Obama had levied on Russia. Flynn also lied, the counsel alleges, when he said he did not ask the ambassador to either delay or defeat a related United Nations Security Council vote.
It is almost certain that Flynn will plead guilty, legal analysts say, citing the wording of Mueller’s short two-page filing.
National security lawyer Brad Moss said “The fact that its characterized as a ‘plea hearing’ makes it about as guaranteed as possible he’s pleading guilty,”.
The plea deal is the latest indication that former NSA Flynn is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, following reports last week that Flynn’s legal team is no longer sharing information with Trump’s lawyers.
Flynn’s misrepresentation of his conversations with Kislyak — which took place in December, before Trump took office — were the justification for his ouster from the White House after just 24 days.
Reports also show that Flynn had misled Vice President Pence about the contents of the phone call, saying that sanctions were not mentioned — an account Pence then repeated to the American people.
At the time, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Flynn created a “compromise situation” and could have been “blackmailed.”
“We weren’t the only ones that knew all of this,” Yates testified earlier this year, referring to the revelation that Flynn misled Pence about the true content of a December call with Kislyak. “The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done. The Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others.”
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI in its investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election in January, when Mueller’s office now says he made false statements about the phone calls with Kislyak.