This morning, in a federal court in Washington DC, Michael Flynn pled guilty to one felony count for lying to the FBI. Flynn was previously the United States national security adviser. By pleading guilty, Flynn admits he lied about his two meetings from December 2016 with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. This was right after Trump won the presidential election.
In the first meeting, Flynn and Kislyak discussed supporting Israel who was trying to take over the West Bank. The second meeting took place on December 29th, 2016. On that day, the Obama administration had just announced they were punishing Russia with sanctions for their election interference. Flynn met Kislyak again to discuss the sanctions. That meeting was to keep the Russian government calm and to avoid retaliation.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying which means, he faces up to 5 years in prison. Flynn is the first person to agree to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation into the possible election interference. Three others were also charged earlier this month. Those three include: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. All three held a position within the Trump administration before they either resigned or were fired. The White House has stated that Flynn’s plea deal does not mean anyone else is guilty. We will keep you updated as this investigation continues.