Former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is charged with making false statements to the FBI and pleaded guilty Friday morning in federal court.
Flynn resigned as Trump’s National Security Advisor after information surfaced that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Michael Flynn’s tenure of just 24 days was the shortest in the history of the office.
On April 27, 2017, the Pentagon inspector general announced an investigation into whether Flynn had accepted money from foreign governments without the required approval.
Flynn initially refused to hand over subpoenaed documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee, pleading the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination, but a compromise with the committee was worked out.
On December 1, 2017, it was reported that Michael Flynn had accepted a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to a single count, that of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI, a felony.