Michael Flynn charged in Russia investigation, guilty plea expected

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close FBN's Blake Burman on President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn admitting to lying to federal investigators.

Michael Flynn to plead guilty to lying to FBI on Russia

FBN's Blake Burman on President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn admitting to lying to federal investigators.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been charged in the special counsel's Russia investigation with making false statements to the FBI and is expected to plead guilty at a hearing Friday morning.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office released a one-count charging document ahead of the hearing.

The false statements charge pertains to Flynn's interactions with the Russian ambassador in late December — specifically discussions about sanctions and other matters he apparently claimed never happened.

According to the document, those false statements were that:

  • "On or about Dec 29, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States … to refrain from escalating the 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."
  • "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’s response to his request.”

Flynn is accused of "willfully and knowingly" making the false statements to the FBI while serving in the Trump administration.

Flynn is the fourth person charged in connection with Mueller's investigation.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, tne-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms, according to one of his brothers, who says Flynn is “moving on with his life." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Michael Flynn has been charged with making false statements. (AP)

Mueller's team announced charges last month against three other Trump campaign officials: former chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, and a former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos.

A Flynn plea deal had been rumored ever since his attorneys informed President Trump's legal team they could no longer discuss the investigation.

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The move prompted speculation Flynn might be cooperating with Mueller's investigators and discussing a deal.

Flynn, who was interviewed by the FBI just days after Trump's inauguration, was forced to resign in February after White House officials said he had misled them about whether he had discussed sanctions with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Fox News' Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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