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Michael Flynn admitted Trump transition officials directed his contact with the Russians

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Updated December 01, 2017 04:09 PM EST

CNN is reporting, that Jared Kushner is the “very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” who directed Michael Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador, and other countries, regarding the UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Updated December 01, 2017 12:35 PM EST

Former FBI Director James Comey on Friday posted a quote from the Bible on Instagram after President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the bureau.

"But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flying stream," Comey wrote, quoting the Old Testament Book of Amos, 5:24.

“But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24

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Updated December 01, 2017 12:12 PM EST

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday released a "Statement of the Offense" President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to earlier that day.

Mueller's statement said that Flynn's "false statements and omissions" impeded the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"The defendant, MICHAEL T. FLYNN, who served as a surrogate and national security advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump ("Campaign"), as a senior member of President-Elect Trump's Transition Team ("Presidential Transition Team"), and as the National Security Adviser to President Trump, made materially false statements and omissions during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") on January 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C." the statement said, according to ABC News.

"At the time of the interview, the FBI had an open investigation into the Government of Russia's ("Russia") efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Campaign and Russia, and whether there was any coordination between the Campaign and Russia's efforts," it added.

"FLYNN's false statements and omissions impeded and otherwise had a material impact on the FBI's ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the Campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election."

Flynn earlier Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his past conversations with Russia's former ambassador to the U.S. in one of the most dramatic moments yet from Mueller's probe.

Updated December 01, 2017 12:08 PM EST

U.S. stocks on Friday dropped the most in three weeks following news of President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Bloomberg on Friday reported that the S&P 500 Index fell 1 percent, and 10-year Treasury Department yields plunged nine basis points.

Flynn's guilty plea spooked financial markets that had previously been rallying on the prospects of sweeping tax cuts and accelerating economic growth.

Updated December 01, 2017 11:58 AM EST

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday said he accepts "full responsibility" for his actions after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

"After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of 'treason' and other outrageous acts," he said in a statement.

"Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for," Flynn continued. "But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and through my faith in God, I am working to set things right."

"My guilt plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions."

Updated December 01, 2017 11:52 AM EST

White House lawyer Ty Cobb on Friday said that "nothing" about Michael Flynn's guilty plea implicates anyone in President Trump's White House.

Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security adviser, pleaded guilty earlier Friday to lying to the FBI about his past conversations with Russia's former ambassador to the U.S.

"Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI," Cobb said in a a statement.

"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year," he continued.

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel's work demonstrates that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion."

Updated December 01, 2017 11:42 AM EST

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his past contacts with Russia's former ambassador to the U.S., according to The Associated Press.

AP on Friday reported that Flynn admitted in his plea that officials involved with Trump's transition into the White House directed his contact with the Russians.

Updated December 01, 2017 11:32 AM EST

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty in a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office in which he admits to lying to the FBI about his past conversations with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S.

ABC News on Friday reported that people close to Flynn say he feels abandoned by President Trump and has agreed to answer questions about the president or anyone else asked by Mueller's team.

Updated December 01, 2017 11:26 AM EST

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has promised his "full cooperation" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race, according to ABC News.

"He has promised full cooperation to the Mueller team," ABC News chief investigation correspondent Brian Ross said during a Friday broadcast on his network.

"He's prepared to testify - we are told by a confident - against President Trump, against members of Trump's family and others in the White House," he continued.

"He's prepared to testify that President Trump - as a candidate, Donald Trump, ordered him and directed him to make contact with the Russians, which contradicts all that Donald Trump has said at this point."

Ross also reported that Flynn had decided to cooperate with Mueller's office "only in the last 24 hours" and was "distraught about the decision."

"But [Flynn] feels he is doing the right thing for his country," he said. "He was facing huge legal bills of more than a million dollars, and he said that finally, he had to go ahead and do this for that reason.

"He expects to put his house on the market. He is facing serious financial problems."

Updated December 01, 2017 11:17 AM EST

Circa interviewed some demonstrators who were in attendance at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., where Michael Flynn pleaded guilty. While some demonstrators loudly shouted "Lock him up," a turn on the "Lock her up" chant shouted by Trump supporters regarding Hillary Clinton during the election, others expressed concern over the state of the U.S. democratic system.

One demonstrator told us she would like to due process done in the Russia investigation. While Flynn has only been charged with making a false statement, she believed that there was likely much more to come from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Another demonstrator expressed concern over the administration's connection to Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman. He claimed that anywhere Manafort is involved is not good for democracy.

Updated December 01, 2017 10:25 AM EST

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday arrived for a court hearing in Washington, D.C. after being charged with making "false" statements to the FBI.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier Friday charged Flynn with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the bureau about his past conversations with a former Russian diplomat.

Updated December 01, 2017 10:07 AM EST

Reuters on Friday reported that Michael Flynn has turned himself in to the FBI ahead of his court hearing, citing law enforcement officials.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn with "willingly and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI.

Flynn - who resigned last February after just 24 days in office - made the statements to the FBI in regards to conversations with Russia's ambassador.

A court spokesman on Friday said that Flynn is scheduled to appear in court in Washington, D.C. later Friday morning, where he is expected to plead guilty.

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Mueller’s court filing states that Flynn lied when he told federal investigators about his past talks with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn told investigators that he did not ask Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation” in response to sanctions against the Russian Federation from then-President Barack Obama.

The former national security adviser also told investigators that he did not ask Kislyak to either defeat or stall a related United Nations (U.N.) Security Council vote.

Flynn is the first Trump administration official to be charged as part of Mueller’s probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The investigation covers potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s election campaign, as well as possible financial and obstruction of justice crimes.

Flynn is the fourth person with ties to Trump’s campaign charged in the probe, following three people last month.

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Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month and have since pleaded not guilty.

Former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last month for making a false statement to the FBI over contacts with figures connected to Russia’s government.

The charge against Flynn is the first in Mueller’s investigation that has reached someone from Trump’s White House, and it is the latest sign the special counsel’s work is intensifying.

Flynn resigned in February amid reports he mislead Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with Kislyak in 2016.

Kislyak and Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia that December, weeks before Trump’s Inauguration.

Flynn said he gave “incomplete information” about his talks with Kislyak after previously denying he had any substantive talks with the former diplomat about the topic.

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The White House sacked Flynn 18 days after learning of his misrepresentation, which Pence had repeated to the U.S. public.

The FBI also interviewed Flynn last January during its probe of Russia’s intrusions in the 2016 race, the period Mueller’s office now states he made false claims about his talks with Kislyak.

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Then-deputy Attorney General Sally Yates at the time warned the White House that Flynn had created a “compromise situation” for himself and could have been “blackmailed.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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