Disgraced ex-national security adviser Mike Flynn said Friday he agreed to plead guilty and testify against President Trump because it was the right thing to do for his family and the country.
“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country,” he said in a statement.
Trump’s lawyer, meanwhile, responded Friday that Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI doesn’t mean anyone else in the White House did anything wrong — despite Flynn’s expected testimony that Trump personally directed him to reach out to Russia.
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI,” attorney Ty Cobb said in a statement.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
The retired Army lieutenant general whined about how “extraordinarily painful” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign had been for him.
But, he said, “through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump ordered him to reach out to Russia, ABC News reported Friday.
He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as part of a plea deal, agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller, the network reported.
Flynn will say that Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians,” flatly contradicting Trump’s claim that he had nothing to do with Russia before or after his surprise election victory.
Later Friday, reporter Brian Ross backed off his report and said Trump had approached Flynn when he was the president-elect, not as a candidate, a critical difference.
On Saturday, ABC apologized for the “error” and suspended Ross for four weeks without pay.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,” ABC said in a statement. “As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online.”
Credit: NY Post