Kushner Is Said to Have Asked Flynn to Contact Russian Envoy

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"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, according to ABC News.

Flynn is the most senior member of the Trump administration to have been indicted by the special counsel thus far. "My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country". At a minimum, that would mean Trump was covertly behind those contacts and that the president knew about the content of the Flynn-Kislyak meetings last December even as other senior officials, including Vice President Pence, were in the dark and publicly exonerated Flynn.

ABC News said in an unconfirmed report that the former military intelligence chief will testify that Trump himself had ordered him to reach out to the Russians - a report that sent Wall Street briefly tumbling.

Trump, at a news conference, says in response to Flynn's resignation: "I don't think he did anything wrong".

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn released a statement following the news that he has been charged with making false statements to federal investigators about his conversations last December with Russia's ambassador to the USA at the time, Sergey Kislyak.

At the time, Flynn was a campaign and transition advisor with no official United States government role, but it was known that he would likely become Trump's White House national security advisor.

The retired Lieutenant General retired from his post as national security adviser in February, after it came out that he had lied about his conversation with Kislyak.

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Following his plea, Flynn left the court with his head down and released a statement agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel and said he accepted full responsibility of his actions. Shortly after, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he wouldn't take retaliatory measures against the Obama sanctions.

In a hearing before US District Judge Rudolph Contreras at a Washington federal courthouse on Friday, Flynn admitted he made false statements to the FBI about his contacts with then Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, Efe news reported.

The Obama administration, in a rare step that shocked its Middle East ally, planned to abstain on the motion rather than veto it as had been done in the past.

He was forced to resign in February after misleading the White House about meeting the Russian ambassador before Trump took office.

A lawyer for Flynn informs Trump's lawyers that they can no longer share information with the White House.

This guilty plea also comes on the heels of a new report about the President's efforts to silence the independent, bipartisan Senate investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

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