Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn admitted Friday to making false statements to the FBI, entering the first guilty plea in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe – and agreeing to cooperate with investigators.
As part of the deal, Flynn alreadying is supplying information about the actions of top Trump transition officials.
Though the individuals are not named, court documents show Flynn claiming a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team directed him to contact foreign governments including Russia over a United Nations vote – discussions tied to one of Flynn’s false statements.
The documents also say Flynn called an unnamed senior transition official in December to ask what to communicate to the Russian ambassador about sanctions. That official and Flynn discussed how they didn’t want Russia to “escalate the situation,” something Flynn immediately told the ambassador in a phone call.