General Flynn has been charged with one count of lying to the FBI. His fraudulent statements involve two events. Those two false statements are as follows:
“On or about Dec 29, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States (“Russian Ambassador”) to refrain from escalating situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and FLYNN did not recall the Russian Ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request; and … On or about December 22, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution; and that the Russian Ambassador subsequently never described to FLYNN Russia’ response to his request.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
He is due to appear in court later Friday morning, a court spokesperson said. The White House declined to immediately comment.
Flynn is the first Trump administration official and the fourth connected to the campaign to be charged as part of Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump’s team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.
Flynn was previously fired from the White House after he lied to the president and vice president about his meetings with Russian officials. Flynn is expected to plead guilty to the charges.
Judge Napolitano, speaking to Fox News, was concerned about Flynn’s plea since it indicates that he has cut some sort of deal with the FBI in order to avoid more serious charges. The general faces 5 to 12 months in prison if he is convicted.