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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 am

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Michael Flynn Expected to Plead Guilty to Lying to FBI ...

The single charge is outlined in a criminal information unsealed Friday in a Washington, D.C. court. Flynn is scheduled to appear at a plea hearing in a Washington D.C. court at 10:30 a.m., according to the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The government alleges Flynn lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about December 2016 conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. According to prosecutors, Flynn told the agents that he didn’t tell the ambassador in a December 29 conversation to “refrain from escalating the situation in response” to U.S. sanctions that had been imposed that day. He also told agents he didn’t recall the ambassador telling him that Russia decided to moderate its response.

He also lied about a December 22 conversation with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. In that instance, he told agents he hadn’t asked the ambassador to delay or defeat a U.N. security council vote.

A guilty plea to one charge suggests Flynn has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s inquiry in exchange for leniency for himself and possibly his son, who worked with him in his private business. The charge today doesn’t delve into Flynn’s work on behalf of Turkey, which is also under investigation, or his failure to promptly disclose such work to U.S. authorities. Such disclosures came after Trump dismissed him.

Flynn was forced to resign less than a month into Trump’s term. The White House was warned by the Justice Department that Flynn could be subjected to blackmail because his dealings with Russians hadn’t been disclosed.
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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:26 am

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The Latest: Ex-Trump aide Flynn pleads guilty, lied to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigations into Trump campaign associates and Russian election interference (all times local):

11:12 a.m.

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian diplomat.

It's the first plea by any of the four former advisers to President Donald Trump charged so far in the wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has been under investigation for a wide range of allegations, including his lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, but the fact that he was charged only with a single count of making false statements suggests he is cooperating with Mueller's investigation in exchange for leniency.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am

Addie wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:26 am
Associated Press
The Latest: Ex-Trump aide Flynn pleads guilty, lied to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigations into Trump campaign associates and Russian election interference (all times local):

11:12 a.m.

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian diplomat.

It's the first plea by any of the four former advisers to President Donald Trump charged so far in the wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has been under investigation for a wide range of allegations, including his lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, but the fact that he was charged only with a single count of making false statements suggests he is cooperating with Mueller's investigation in exchange for leniency.
Didn't Papadopoulos plead guilty?



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:31 am

I didn't think that was resolved, but I get lost sometimes :geezerette:
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am
Didn't Papadopoulos plead guilty?


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:33 am

Addie wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:31 am
I didn't think that was resolved, but I get lost sometimes :geezerette:
Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am
Didn't Papadopoulos plead guilty?
He did plead guilty.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tr ... ng-n815596



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:35 am

Ooh, goody, ty :bighug:
Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:33 am
Addie wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:31 am
I didn't think that was resolved, but I get lost sometimes :geezerette:
Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am
Didn't Papadopoulos plead guilty?
He did plead guilty.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tr ... ng-n815596


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Post by noblepa » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:37 am

Addie wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:31 am
I didn't think that was resolved, but I get lost sometimes :geezerette:
Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am
Didn't Papadopoulos plead guilty?
IIRC, Papadopoulos entered a guilty plea, but has not been sentenced, yet.

... but I could be wrong.



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Post by Turtle » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:38 am



"Senior official" I'd guess it was Manafort or Kushner. Jared was the one supposedly trying to set up a secret back channel to Moscow.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:41 am

Manafort was out by then, trying to document his ill gotten gains in his son-in-law's Southern California real estate. So it was either Kushner or Don, Jr. Or both.



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Post by Dan1100 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:13 pm

Plea agreement

https://t.co/UG5FilaMpW

Statement of offense

https://t.co/oJPvclAuYM

Information

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Post by TexasFilly » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:16 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:41 am
Manafort was out by then, trying to document his ill gotten gains in his son-in-law's Southern California real estate. So it was either Kushner or Don, Jr. Or both.
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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:18 pm

Mother Jones - David Corn
Flynn Indictment Shows He Committed a More Serious Offense Than Lying to the FBI ...

The other count expands the story. It notes that on December 22, 2016, Flynn had asked Kislyak to delay or vote against a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s construction of settlements in disputed territories, but that Flynn denied doing so when interviewed by the FBI. Israel was fighting hard against the resolution and requested that the Obama administration veto the measure. At the time, Trump publicly sided with the Israeli government. The resolution was approved on December 23, with the United States abstaining.

Israeli officials, it was known, had reached out to Trump transition team officials prior to the vote in an effort to delay the vote or block the resolution. Those Trump officials included Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Stephen Bannon, then Trump’s chief strategist. Mueller’s indictment discloses that Flynn was part of this endeavor and took concrete steps to thwart the foreign policy of the Obama administration in its final month. (Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Mueller was investigating Kushner’s conversation with Israeli officials about this matter. The newspaper noted that a 1799 law called the Logan Act prohibits Americans from communicating with foreign officials to influence an overseas government’s actions related to a conflict with the United States. No one has ever been successfully prosecuted under this law.)

This part of the indictment shows that prior to Trump’s inauguration, Flynn went beyond attempting to establish a modus vivendi with Moscow. He was secretly asking Kislyak for a favor. (Moscow did not oblige him in this instance.)

That is quite a picture. On October 7, 2016, the US intelligence community released a statement declaring that Russia was behind the hack-and-dump operation that targeted Democrats in order to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. (That statement also suggested that Russia had explored penetrating US vote-counting systems.) About two months earlier, Trump and Flynn had received an intelligence briefing that included information about Russia’s clandestine efforts to subvert the election. Yet during the transition, Flynn, as Trump’s representative, was covertly trying to enlist Moscow’s assistance to undermine existing US policy.

For Moscow, this request—and Flynn’s subsequent plea for a light response to Obama’s sanctions—certainly could be read as an encouraging sign and a signal that Trump was not upset about Vladimir Putin’s intervention in the campaign. Flynn was sending a clear message to Putin’s man in Washington that he and Trump were more interested in partnering with Russia than in holding it accountable—or preventing Putin from future attacks on elections in the United States or elsewhere.

That might not have been illegal. But as bad as it is to lie to the FBI, countenancing Russia’s assault on American democracy is a far graver offense.
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Talking Points Memo: Mueller: Trump Team Meddling In Obama Diplomacy Extended Beyond Flynn


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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:57 pm

The Hill
Flynn issues statement on guilty plea: My actions were 'wrong'

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn issued a statement Friday acknowledging his actions were "wrong" after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in the ongoing special counsel investigation.

In the statement released by his lawyers, Flynn refuted accusations of "treason" that have been made against him, but apologized for lying to investigators. Flynn has made a plea deal with Mueller's team that ensures the former Trump administration official's full cooperation with the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"It has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of 'treason' and other outrageous acts," Flynn said in his statement.

"The actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right," he added. "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 my country."

The statement and move by Flynn come after days of speculation that the former national security adviser was cooperating with Mueller's team following reports that Flynn terminated his information-sharing agreement with President Trump's legal team.
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WaPo: Michael Flynn’s guilty plea: a comprehensive timeline


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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:03 pm

Business Insider - Natasha Bertrand
Federal prosecutors: Senior Trump transition official directed Flynn to speak to Russian ambassador

Federal prosecutors said in court on Friday that the former national security adviser Michael Flynn called senior transition officials at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on December 29.

Flynn's purpose, the prosecutors say, was to discuss his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US at the time, Sergey Kislyak, about sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama on Russia that day.

As part of a plea deal, Flynn told the federal government on Friday that a senior member of the transition team had directed him to make contact with Russian officials last December.

The government did not disclose the identity of the transition official. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was a senior member of the transition team and had met with both Flynn and Kislyak earlier that month at Trump Tower. Kushner is a focus of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election and whether any Trump associates played a part.

Trump was also at Mar-a-Lago when Flynn is said to have called the transition team to discuss Kislyak on December 29, raising questions about whether he was involved in telling the Russians to hold off on retaliating, on the promise that the sanctions would be reviewed once Trump took office.


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Post by Northland10 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:22 pm

Trump's Twitter is going to be busy this weekend.


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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:32 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am
Addie wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:26 am
Associated Press
:snippity: It's the first plea by any of the four former advisers to President Donald Trump charged so far in the wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. :snippity:
Didn't Papadopoulos plead guilty?
But Papadopoulos wasn't an adviser, just a "cousin" ?



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Post by bob » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:51 pm

ABC: Flynn has promised special counsel 'full cooperation' in Russia probe: Source:
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn has promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.

The stunning turn comes as Flynn, who is cooperating with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI about his back-channel negotiations with the Russian ambassador – talks that occurred before Trump took office. The Special Counsel made the plea agreement public Friday morning.

A close confidant told ABC News that Flynn felt abandoned by Trump in recent weeks, and told friends about the decision to make the plea deal within the last 24 hours as he grew increasingly concerned about crippling legal costs he would face if he continued to contest the charges.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:55 pm

bob wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:51 pm
ABC: Flynn has promised special counsel 'full cooperation' in Russia probe: Source:
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn has promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.

The stunning turn comes as Flynn, who is cooperating with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI about his back-channel negotiations with the Russian ambassador – talks that occurred before Trump took office. The Special Counsel made the plea agreement public Friday morning.

A close confidant told ABC News that Flynn felt abandoned by Trump in recent weeks, and told friends about the decision to make the plea deal within the last 24 hours as he grew increasingly concerned about crippling legal costs he would face if he continued to contest the charges.
That puts a happy face on it.



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:08 pm

Washington Examiner
Flynn to cooperate with prosecutors for lighter sentence

A federal judge on Friday stressed to former national security adviser Michael Flynn the importance of cooperating with prosecutors in order to get a reduced sentence.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras accepted Flynn's guilty plea to a single felony count of making false statements and warned Flynn he faces a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for lying to the FBI about two contacts with Russian officials.

Contreras told the former Marine general that prosecutors will request less punishment than sentencing guidelines recommend “if and only if” he provides substantial assistance “in the prosecution of another person.”

Court documents released after the hearing say prosecutors anticipate a prison sentence of between 0 and 6 months and a fine of between $500 and $9,500.


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Post by bob » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:22 pm

Flynn's judge, Rudolph Contreras, is an Obama nominee. And was appointed last year to the FISA court.


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Post by Hercule Parrot » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:27 pm

Trump’s lawyers, meanwhile, continued their campaign to soothe the president, with Ty Cobb releasing a statement calling Flynn “a former Obama administration official“.....

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