According to USA Today, President Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael T. Flynn, plead guilty on Friday to giving false accounts to the FBI about conversations with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak last December during the 2016 presidential election while he was serving in the White House.
Flynn is the fourth aide from the Trump administration to face criminal charges in Special Counsel, Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but is the first to be persecuted.
Prosecutors alleged in a court filing made public on Friday morning that Flynn “did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to FBI agents during a Jan. 24th interview about his conversations with Kislyak in the weeks before Trump took office.
The FBI then interviewed Flynn at the White House four days after Trump was sworn into office after there was a growing concern about Flynn's communications with Kislyak and his lies to Vice President Mike Pence
Flynn resigned on Feb. 13, only serving a mere 24 days after it was revealed that he deluded Pence and other top officials in the White House about his communication with Kislyak.
Vice President Pence publicly announced that he was assured by Flynn that the subject of sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia was not brought up in conversations between him and Kislyak after the election. However, it turned out to not be true.
In a court filing made public on Friday morning, prosecutors alleged that Flynn lied about asking Kislyak to delay a vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.
The admittance of guilt and plea agreement are the latest indication that Flynn was cooperating with the investigation by Mueller and provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.