Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Flynn: Guilty plea is in best interest of my family and country

Flynn: Guilty plea is in best interest of my family and country

The significance of today's plea deal by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, in which he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the Special Counsel, can not be overstated.

The false statements related to Flynn's contact with Russian officials, according to the special counsel. A spokesperson for the White House also did not immediately respond.

Flynn's plea, Warner said, "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".

Mueller's investigators have interviewed members of Trump's family, his top advisors, business partners and lawyers over their actions.

"My guilty plea and agreement to co-operate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country".

Flynn is the first Trump White House official to be charged with a crime in connection to Mueller's investigation.

"He is prepared to testify, we are told by a confidant, against President Trump, against members of the Trump family and others in the White House", Ross said.

After the December 29 announcement, the Obama administration was openly puzzled by Moscow's decision not to retaliate, and began investigating possible interference by Flynn and the Trump campaign.

Flynn is the first person inside President Donald Trump's administration to be reached by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

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"The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year", Cobb said in a statement released to reporters. In charging Flynn, prosecutors made clear they believe that claim to be false.

President Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (l.) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington.

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Next, Flynn can tell Mueller what, if anything, he knows about the contacts between Russian Federation and a series of Trump officials in 2016, including meetings, emails, phone calls and trips involving Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Carter Page, Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos. Meanwhile, Papadopoulos, a low-level campaign staffer, is already doing so, after he was nailed for lying about his own, repeated contacts with Russian Federation, including the fact that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and "thousands of emails". Trump, who publicly fretted about his desire to have Mueller wrap up his investigation sooner rather than later, and who supposedly will "blow a gasket" if he isn't exonerated by year's end, will now watch as Mueller proceeds full steam ahead, bolstered by Flynn's input.

At President Barack Obama's direction, the U.S. abstained from voting on the resolution, a rare move that allowed the UN Security Council to unanimously condemn Israeli's settlement activity.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain.

The Obama administration abstained, while the rest of the 15-nation council, including Russian Federation, voted unanimously against Israel.

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Trump personally called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to press the case against the condemnation, and Egypt postponed the scheduled showdown on December 22 - the same day Flynn met Kislyak.

After more procedural wrangling, the vote occurred a day later.

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