Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI About Conversations With Russian Ambassador
“President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador” Sergey Kislyak in December of 2016.
According to court documents, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador on the day sanctions were announced against Russia in response to hacking the 2016 Presidential election. “Mr. Flynn asked Mr. Kislyak that Moscow refrain from escalating the situation, and Mr. Kislyak said Russia ‘had chosen to moderate its response‘” according to documents. According to a lawyer briefed on the matter, Flynn contacted Kislyak under direction from Jared Kushner.
Flynn resigned on February 13, 2017 after just 22 days in his position amid this same controversy surrounding his improper interactions with Russian officials.
Trump later sent a tweet suggesting he was aware that Flynn lied to the F.B.I.: “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”