Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying To FBI – Same Misleading Statements That Got Him Fired…

Former National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to a process crime of lying to FBI investigators about the content of a December 29th phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The conversation occurred the same day that then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 election.

This is the same misleading information that led to the White House firing Michael Flynn.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged Flynn (full pdf below) with falsely telling FBI agents that he did not ask the ambassador “to refrain from escalating the situation” in response to the sanctions.

According to the plea, while being questioned by FBI agents on January 24, 2017, Flynn also lied when he claimed he could not recall a subsequent conversation with Kislyak, in which the ambassador told Flynn that the Putin regime had “chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of [Flynn’s] request.”

Furthermore, a week before the sanctions were imposed, Flynn had also spoken to Kislyak, asking the ambassador to delay or defeat a vote on a pending United Nations resolution. The criminal information charges that Flynn lied to the FBI by denying both that he’d made this request and that he’d spoken afterward with Kislyak about Russia’s response to it.

There was nothing wrong with the incoming national-security adviser’s having meetings with foreign counterparts or discussing such matters as the sanctions in those meetings. However, lying to the FBI is the process crime that has led to Flynn’s admissions herein:

As Andrew McCarthy writes:

If Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador had evinced the existence of a quid pro quo collusion arrangement — that the Trump administration would ease or eliminate sanctions on Russia as a payback for Russia’s cyber-espionage against the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic party — it would have been completely appropriate, even urgently necessary, for the Obama Justice Department to investigate Flynn.

But if that had happened, Mueller would not be permitting Flynn to settle the case with a single count of lying to FBI agents. Instead, we would be looking at a major conspiracy indictment, and Flynn would be made to plead to far more serious offenses if he wanted a deal — cooperation in exchange for sentencing leniency. To the contrary, for all the furor, we have a small-potatoes plea in Flynn’s case — just as we did in Papadopoulos’s case.

It is becoming increasingly palpable that, whatever “collusion” means, there was no actionable, conspiratorial complicity by the Trump campaign in the Kremlin’s machinations. (read more)

 

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524 Responses to Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying To FBI – Same Misleading Statements That Got Him Fired…

  1. I think Flynn ( and son ) were amateurs in the lobbying dept and thought it would be a quick gold mine (after years of Army salary ) and they could cash in like all the other players , but made many mistakes that enabled Mueller to squeeze him ( like they tried and failed with Manefort) . His deal was best for him and family . But I don’t see another “ crime” there unless another person fell into a perjury trap , since all contacts seem post election and proper and legitimate in themselves .

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  2. Ziiggii says:

    Court records indicate that his communications with Kislyak were directed by a Trump transition official, with multiple news outlets reporting that official was Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
    “They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote ‘authorized’ by the Obama administration,” CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said.
    “We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/362856-cnn-white-house-claims-obama-admin-approved-flynn-calls-with-russian

    Someone with a brain ask Fake News Acosta who “THEY” are? Or should I use the /pol/ version – (((THEY))) [the make believe joos did it] **insert merchant meme**

    Was going to state that Jared is next in line to be harassed – it’s pretty clear from multiple articles at The Hill that Jared is squarely in the cross-hairs for the next step in getting “closer” to Trump.

    example from 11/21 story:

    Kushner held two meetings with Russians in the month before Trump took office — one with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and another with Sergey Gorkov, the chairman of a state-owned Russian bank.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361471-mueller-investigating-kushners-communication-with-foreign-leaders

    I’m still not sure that Flynn did not fall on his sword once “caught” as part of a larger plan… there has to be a reason he with held the info from Pence which actually started all this in the first place?!?

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Fall on his sword is a good possibility. Maybe Flynn’s lie to Pence was intentional to get him fired. This also puts the attention on Flynn and away from the Trump Administration. Nobody at CTH or in other “acceptable” can understand why he lied.

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  3. Nigella says:

    I stupidly went to drudge… He’s all atwitter how Flynn thinks Trump abandoned him and he has to turn on others for a lighter sentence…. What’s happened to Drudge?

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  4. paulraven1 says:

    A process crime. The establishment POSs move heaven and earth to nail some poor slob with a process violation, as Hillary Clinton, who committed serial gross and obvious felonies related not only to the sorts of campaign collusions alleged against Trump but well within the realm of actionable treason, walks away unscathed. This is a sickness of unlawfulness raised to a level no society can tolerate and also survive.

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  5. IMO says:

    FBI Whistle Blower Robyn Gritz Discusses Michael Flynn Guilty Plea

    General Flynn needs to let the damn burst and tell us everything he knows.

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  6. comey today – LOL what an assclown

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  7. wait – isn’t it established FACT that ROD HAM lied to the FBI?

    jeff? anyone home? hellooooooooo?

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    • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

      amusing… like watching re-runs day in day out

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      • lol you wound me ;O
        but your trolling is entertaining…

        wait – do you disagree with what i wrote?

        why would the DOJ give clinton a pass on lying to the FBI, while we have to watch Sessions’ creation, that dope Mueller indicting people left and right for lying to the FBI….

        something stinks, i’d say

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        • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

          why do we have reply options if its “trolling” to reply ? – purely rhetorical no need to reply unless you insist on returning the troll. 😜

          re: clinton – i’ve posted all day long today about hillary lying to the FBI so there we both do agree. How ever we don’t agree on who’s job it is to see that she be brought to justice not to mention we are opposite sides of the fence that an investigation is indeed happening out of public view. .. but one day Howie one of us is going to be right that’s for sure.

          Personally I don’t care how it happens or if i need to be patiently waiting.. so long as it happens

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        • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

          crap, i thought i was replying to howie… well Love.. it is what it is.

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          • now, you’re confusing me with “howie”?
            and then you were still confused AFTER i replied to you

            good grief Deborah – put down the chardonay ‘o’o’o’

            well – i guess our names are pretty similar ;O

            and of course replying isn’t trolling per se…

            when it’s a random, argumentative one embellished with personal slurs, i have to insist that that would be the definition of trolling

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            • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

              um…. easy to do when you both replied one after another..and I thought i clicked on Howie…. so no chardonnay required to jump up a line in notifications on word press… good grief is right.

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          • Ditch Mitch says:

            Time to take a break and read SD’s latest. SD connects a lot of dots there.

            Tip: Keep one window open at a time. Learned that lesson the hard way.

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            • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

              read it already.. only one window open always, the window wasn’t my prob.. it was the line of responses on one slide out and I jumped lines – still haven’t fixed my main computer, dusted off the laptop to use and it’s so foreign to me and has tiny little keys and a touch pad that at times i brush and it skips me about ha ha…. I can’t wait to get my pc fixed.. hate this laptop!

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  8. Binkser1 says:

    Just so you know, according to Bill Nelson-Embarrasment from Florida and some Dem jack@## from VA, that if you lie to the FBI it proves collusion with Russia. So, I guess if the FBI asks you, “Did you have a soft drink yesterday between 9AM and 5 PM,” and you lie about it, you have actually colluded with Russia to get President Trump elected. Our media and government is full of asinine, evil, putrid people that do not care what happens to this country as long as they are in charge of it.

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  9. mg says:

    Look at whom Mueller has indicted and what they have been indicted for. I do not think this investigation is even headed towards Trump.

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  10. H&HC 2nd-16th says:

    There were a lot of posts on this topic to read and comprehend. Although I hang on one of the lower branches here, I have to give my two cents worth. I believe ray76’s post at 5:08 pm hit the nail on the head: “Mueller is using legal processes for political purposes. He’s a political hit-man.”
    I think Mueller will “get” Kushner on a similar charge and then wrap things up – probably saying he thinks there’s just circumstantial evidence the President colluded or obstructed justice but can’t find anything. That’ll keep Muh Russia in the news until the elections. His work will be done. Of course, he will give Comey immunity before he closes shop.

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    • AsksTooManyQuestions says:

      I agree, H&HC, that this is political. Mueller was tasked to look into Russian-Trump collusion regarding the election process – this is about him talking to the Russians after the elections. Totally outside of what Mueller’s supposed to be doing.

      And there’s no evidence of quid pro quo with the Russians by the Trump administration. It looks like Flynn was just trying to deescalate a situation. My guess is the lying was to give others plausible deniability.

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  11. joeknuckles says:

    This is all to dominate the news cycle so democrats don’t get on the record about the Steinle verdict. Everybody knows it’s BS, even the ones making the most outrageous statements.

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  12. i could care less that anyone lies to the FBI really (selective justice for some aside) –

    that Flynn compromised the President and MAGA by lying to VP Pence ‘though, is another story

    that he’s “cut a deal” with globalist psychopath operative Mueller to protect himself and his family, very possibly at the expense of the President and all those who follow him, brings to mind the word treasonous

    that’s what it looks like anyhow…i’ll let it play out before making a final judgement on this guy

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  13. FL_GUY says:

    This double standard of law enforcement is absurd. Remember when Clintoon’s boy, Sandy Berger went into the National Archives and stuffed documents that made Clintoon look bad in his pants to take out and destroy? Was anything ever done about it? If it was, I never heard about it. Goes in and steals from the National Archives and no one even raises an eyebrow. But mis-communicating with the FBI is a criminal offense? Give me a break! Although I believe he is dead now, why wasn’t Berger wearing an orange jumpsuit in Leavenworth? Oh, that’s right, if you are a D-Rat, the law doesn’t apply no matter how big the crime. If you oppose the D-Rats, spiting on the sidewalk is a capital crime that will be prosecuted with no expense spared. Time for judicial and LEO reform in this country. No more privileged people getting away with crimes just because they have money and influence..

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    • snarkybeach says:

      and if you are a Democrat presidential candidate, you can have special access emails on your home-brew server and nothing happens to you…

      Liked by 4 people

      • mike says:

        …even if above Top Secret…

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        • sat0422 says:

          There are so many that have lied over the past 9 years and yet they choose to go after Flynn because he is the one most closely tied to Trump. His service to Trump was much shorter than his service to Obama, right?
          Does anyone believe that Trump, a president who has been scorned since he took the oath of office by Democrats and Rinos, was suppose to try and be Presidential without some contact with those familiar with DC, foreign relations, and politics (we all know he isn’t a politician)? I find it odd that a former Obama operative was trusted to work with the President and then the Russian thing went full blown. I think Trump was hit by a Soros/Obama/Clinton operation and they used Flynn as thier operative. The fact that he lied to Pence tells me he was swimming in fishy waters.

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  14. Howie says:

    Why would he lie to FBI AND Pence, but was told to deal with the Russians.

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    • Chewbarkah says:

      I can’t figure out how anyone could be so stupid as to be questioned by the FBI about details of your phone calls with a Russian ambassador, and fail to assume they already knew every word you said. And as others have said, if an Obama administration official had ok’ed his contacts in advance (or even if they hadn’t), why would Flynn think lying about what he said was necessary? None of this adds up.

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  15. 4sure says:

    So, why the chickenshit charge?

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    • signer1 says:

      It’s like getting caught speeding, and the cop gives you a ticket for no seat belt. But Flynn got that charge in return for cooperating. Cooperating was serving Kushner up on a platter.

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    • Blue Moon says:

      So PT will pardon him. Imagine the outrage if he did that. Talking about heads exploding. That would almost be like him firing Muller.

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  16. Apfelcobbler says:

    The press is completely circumventing the obvious question. IF Flynn “lied”, why?

    Because he assumed he could get away with it (meaning there would be no evidence) … think about it … the FBI MUST have been wiretapping him!

    Of course he knew Kisliak’s every word would be recorded as a matter of course, but Flynn would have only been picked up in Kisliak’s conversations with him. Flynn probably figured being in Army intelligence and head of the DIA and DNI, he would surely not be specifically wiretapped! After all, the FBI needs a warrant to open an investigation – that can’t go wiretapping for fun. Wrong!

    Think about the following, why did Flynn get singled out to begin with, with the enormous amount of minutiae in a fast-moving campaign? How did he become a target of interest? I think there’s a pretty good case pointing to the FBI already listening to him from the moment Trump’s camp called him.

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  17. Convert says:

    Huge breaking: AP now confirms it was McFarland, not Jared, who steered Flynn into the buzzsaw….

    Liked by 5 people

  18. NJF says:

    i haven’t been able to read all the comments but i have a question. Is Flynn now obligated to “testify” now. isn’t this charge based on previous testimony? is this just spin?

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  19. Apfelcobbler says:

    DIA only – typo.

    Kind of makes you wonder who else might have been wiretapped.

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  20. Simpatico says:

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged Flynn (full pdf below) with falsely telling FBI agents that he did not ask the ambassador “to refrain from escalating the situation” in response to the sanctions.

    And how would they know that is false? Because they were spying on Trump and Co., while pretending to surveil foreigners?? How do they know Mueller misremembered what he said? They don’t.

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  21. Shadrach says:

    Well i just donated to the Flynn legal defense fund. I heard him give a speech once, and it was free. So now I’m paying retroactively, and thinking back on it, I’d have paid as much as I donated to hear him anyway.

    I’m about sick and tired of people like him (not saying he’s perfect) getting crucified while people like HRC skate. I hope I bought him a good ten minutes of lawyer time.

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  22. I’m curious…

    If Kushner instructed Flynn to make the calls that the FBI says he lied about making, why wouldn’t Pence know about them?

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    • Dixie says:

      EXACTLY my question which I wouldn’t ask, so thank you. Pence was on the transition team and the back and forth was WITH the transition team so there seems no reason that Pence wouldn’t have known about the whole scenario.

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    • Dixie says:

      I should have read a little further down before commenting as it appears this is incorrect information I read in a comment here at CTH earlier.

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  23. bulwarker says:

    The U.S. District judge handling this is Rudolph Contreras. Contreras was also appointed to the FISA Court starting May 19, 2016. It was in June of that year (a month later) that the FBI, using the Steele Dossier and intel received from FusionGPS, acquired a FISA warrant through duplicitous means. Of the 11 judges that sit on the FISA Court what are the odds Contreras was the one who signed off on the “wiretapping” of Trump? Is there any way to find out or is that sealed? Would this prejudice him (requiring recusal), or would he want to make it right knowing the FBI duped him? Many questions.

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  24. Binkser1 says:

    Well, I’ve learned one thing from all of this: I will never speak to law enforcement about anything. My canned response will be, “Talk to my attorney.”

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  25. Charlotte says:

    BREAKING: Obama Admin Approved General Flynn Calls with Russian Ambassador

    Then they set him up

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/breaking-obama-admin-approved-general-flynn-calls-russian-ambassador/

    But
    FLASHBACK: Obama Campaign Conspired with Hamas and FARC Terrorists and Iranian Regime Before 2008 Election
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/flashback-obama-campaign-conspired-hamas-farc-terrorists-iranian-regime-2008-election/

    Whats the statute of limitations for THIS?

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  26. POP says:

    Yep, there’s nothing wrong with Sessions, you’d have to be an anti – Trump troll to even suggest such a thing…..

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/failed-compromised-ag-jeff-sessions-goes-tucker-carlson-refuses-condemn-mueller-witch-hunt-video/

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  27. doc00 says:

    Interesting that Comey, under oath, testified to congress that Flynn did not mislead the FBI. That one would have been an interesting bit of testimony at a trial. So, either there is something not included in the pleas bargain documents or Mueller may be wrapping up by claiming his symbolic scalps.

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  28. Mike diamond says:

    Hillary lied and lied,she bleech bit her computer!! Yet they are worried about Flynn??? Give me a break!!

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  29. skaebne says:

    None of this makes any sense. Why would Flynn lie about talking to Russia for the purpose of de-escalating tensions with the present administration, a legal and proper action for the incoming National Security Advisor? This communication supposedly was cleared as a courtesy with the Obama administration, so why was it even investigated? And even if he “lied”, how is this a crime? Is every government official obligated to report to the FBI about every policy initiatives undertaken in their official capacity?

    What in God’s name do Democrats and Mueller think they’re doing? If this travesty stands, every government official will be held to account for their policy judgements by the FBI and prosecuted if they’re not sufficiently forthcoming. If the Democrats believe it will never boomerang on them, they haven’t been paying attention to the sexual harassment scandals.

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  30. Mike diamond says:

    Crooked Hillary lied to the FBI the senate the congress, the american people on and on yet that are going after Flynn???? Its the twilight zone even rod sterling would be amazed!!!

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  31. Jeff says:

    Hmm I wonder . Is this all about getting Obama under oath to testify ? #FollowTheWhiteRabbit

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  32. linda7780 says:

    A lie is a lie. No debating. All I am interested in is TRUTH! I don’t care about the why’s and what-fors. Just the truth. Everything in this country seems to be so confusing over the last few years. I can remember when the term KISS was a good thing! (Keep It Simple Stupid!)

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  33. Clyde says:

    Trump tweet:
    “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI … It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”.

    This is very concerning, did he just commit obstruction of justice it seems to meet the definition with his tweet.
    Not good hope he can explain this because I support him wholeheartedly.

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