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The New York Times/Eileen Sullivan, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzodec: Michael Flynn Expected to Plead Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.

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Michael Flynn Expected to Plead Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.

By EILEEN SULLIVAN, ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZODEC. 1, 2017

 WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, is expected to plead guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about two conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition.

The charges were the latest indication that Mr. Flynn was cooperating with the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Flynn was scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington at 10:30 on Friday morning.

A plea deal with Mr. Flynn brings Mr. Mueller’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s inner circle. A plea agreement suggests that Mr. Flynn provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry.
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Mr. Flynn’s lawyers recently told the president’s legal team that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation as they had been — a sign that Mr. Flynn had decided to cooperate with the prosecution.

Mr. Flynn was charged with making false statements to F.B.I. agents about two discussions with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.

Mr. Trump had planned for Mr. Flynn to be a key figure on his national security team, but he was forced out a month after the inauguration over his conversations with Mr. Kislyak. Those conversations raised new concerns that Trump aides had been hiding their dealings with Russians.
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The investigation into those ties has dogged Mr. Trump’s first year in office. Mr. Flynn is the fourth Trump associate to be charged.
Correction: December 1, 2017

An earlier version of this article said Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Trump, had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. He was expected to plead guilty but had not entered a plea when the article was first published.

Michael S. Schmidt contributed reporting.


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