President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, was taken into custody this morning on charges that he made false statements to the FBI. Court documents released shortly afterward show that the Special Counsel, who fired the charge, has at least some evidence to prove that he “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” in the scope of the Russian interference investigation. Flynn isn’t the first associated with the case to be charged, but he is the only individual charged who is still currently serving in the White House. Political analysts expect him to plead guilty to the charges at the end of the week.
Key Facts in the Michael Flynn Arrest
- Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos were all charged prior to Flynn. Manafort and Gates pled not guilty to the charges, while Papadopoulos pled guilty to a single charge of making a false statement to the FBI.
- Mueller’s counsel levies the charges as part of an ongoing investigation into Russian interference, corruption, financial crimes and other government crimes that may have taken place at the hands of White House officials.
- Flynn has entered a plea of “guilty” and stated that he will take responsibility for his actions.
- It isn’t immediately clear how the case will proceed, but Flynn has stated that as a presidential candidate, Trump ordered him to “make contact with the Russians.”
- For the charge of lying to the FBI, Flynn could face a maximum of five years in prison.
- Flynn was released after entering his plea, pending the results of the proceedings.
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