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            Flynn pleads guilty, is cooperating in Trump-Russia probe

            Continued from Front         lobbying work on behalf of  though he said he had also  canceled media access to  shocking that he prepared
            It  also  establishes  Flynn  the Turkish government, the  been  subjected  to  false  a  later  meeting  between  an internal memo about it.
            as  a  key  cooperator  and  fact that he pleaded guilty  accusations.  He  said,  “My  the  two.  He  did  appear  A     former      Defense
            likely witness in the federal  to  just  one  count,  and  guilty plea and agreement  briefly  at  an  afternoon  Intelligence  Agency  chief,
            investigation  into  whether                                                                                        Flynn  was  a  vocal  Trump
            Russia  and  associates  of                                                                                         surrogate    during    the
            the president collaborated                                                                                          campaign and was known
            to  influence  the  2016  U.S.                                                                                      for leading crowds in “Lock
            presidential   election   in                                                                                        her  up”  chants  regarding
            Trump’s favor.                                                                                                      Hillary  Clinton’s  use  of  a
            Friday’s     developments                                                                                           private email server.
            don’t      resolve     that                                                                                         Flynn  was  interviewed  by
            paramount         question,                                                                                         the  FBI  days  after  Trump’s
            but  they  do  show  that                                                                                           inauguration.
            Flynn  lied  to  the  FBI  about                                                                                    He  was  forced  to  resign
            multiple  conversations  last                                                                                       following   news   reports
            December with the Russian                                                                                           indicating  that  the  Trump
            ambassador  to  the  United                                                                                         White  House  had  been
            States. Court papers make                                                                                           warned      by    Obama
            clear  that  Flynn  knows  the                                                                                      administration officials that
            identities  of  members  of                                                                                         he had discussed sanctions
            Trump’s   transition   team                                                                                         with   Kislyak   and   was
            who  were  fully  aware  of                                                                                         therefore    compromised
            his  outreach  to  Russian                                                                                          and  potentially  vulnerable
            officials in the weeks before                                                                                       to  blackmail.  White  House
            the  inauguration.  Mueller’s                                                                                       officials  including  Pence,
            prosecutors  indicated  the                                                                                         who had declared publicly
            officials  were  senior  and   Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, center, arrives at federal court in Washington,   that  Flynn  never  discussed
            within Trump’s inner circle.  Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the first   sanctions,  said  they  had
            That    revelation   moves   Trump White House official to make a guilty plea so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by   been misled. The court case
            the  Russia  investigation,   special counsel Robert Mueller.                               (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  Friday concerns a series of
            which     has   shadowed                                                                                            conversations  that  Flynn
            Trump throughout the year,  faces a guideline range of  to  cooperate  with  the  White         House     holiday  had with Kislyak during the
            deeper  into  the  White  zero  to  6  months  in  prison,  Special  Counsel’s  Office  reception  for  the  media,  transition  period  between
            House and raises questions  suggest  that  prosecutors  reflect  a  decision  I  made  where he offered season’s  the November election and
            about  the  accuracy  of  see him as a valuable tool  in  the  best  interests  of  my  greetings  and  departed  the  Jan.  20  inauguration.
            repeated    assertions   by  in  their  investigation  and  family and of our country.”  without   addressing   the  Prosecutors  say  Flynn  on
            the   administration   that  are  granting  a  degree  of  The  Russia   investigation  Mueller investigation.      Dec.  29  spoke  with  an
            Flynn  had  misled  Vice  leniency  in  exchange  for  has  persistently  followed  Early       on      in     his  unnamed  senior  transition
            President  Mike  Pence  and  cooperation.                 Trump  the  first  year  of  his  administration,   Trump  team  official  about  what,
            other  officials  about  the  White  House  lawyer  Ty  presidency,  angering  the  had  taken  a  particular  if  anything,  to  say  about
            content  of  his  calls  with  Cobb  sought  to  distance  president  and  repeatedly  interest  in  the  status  of  sanctions  that  had  been
            the  ambassador,  Sergey  the      plea   from    Trump  distracting     from     his  the   Flynn   investigation.  imposed  on  Russia  one
            Kislyak.                     himself,  saying:  “Nothing  agenda.     Flynn’s   plea  Former  FBI  Director  James  day earlier by the Obama
            Trump    son-in-law   Jared  about the guilty plea or the  came    as    Republican  Comey,  whose  firing  in  administration in retaliation
            Kushner    had     led   a  charge  implicates  anyone  senators labored to pass a  May        precipitated   the  for  election  interference.
            transition  team  effort  to  other than Mr. Flynn.”      far-reaching tax bill, which  appointment  of  Mueller  Flynn  then  requested  the
            defeat  a  United  Nations  Flynn, the longtime soldier,  would  be  a  significant  as  special  counsel,  has  Russian  ambassador  “not
            vote  referenced  in  the  stood  quietly  during  his  victory for Trump.             said  Trump  asked  him  escalate the situation” and
            court  papers,  according  plea  hearing  except  to  On  Friday,  the  president  in  a  private  Oval  Office  respond  “in  a  reciprocal
            to  former  U.S.  officials  and  answer brief questions from  ignored  reporters’  shouted  meeting   to   consider  manner,”  a  conversation
            foreign diplomats.           the  judge.  He  accepted  questions as he welcomed  ending  the  investigation  that  prosecutors  say  he
            Though  prosecutors  also  responsibility for his actions  the Libyan prime minister to  into Flynn. Comey has said  then  reported  to  transition
            had    investigated   Flynn  in  a  written  statement,  the White House, and aides  he found the encounter so  team members.q
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