Dem Intel Committee Leaders Stress Need For Independence After Flynn Plea

President Trump’s national security adviser at the White House on Feb. 13. Credit Stephen Crowley  The New

A source closed to President Donald Trump said the latest developments surrounding his former national security advisor Michael Flynn are "very, very, very bad," according to NBC News. We hope that the cooperation of General Flynn that Special Counsel has secured as a part of this plea agreement extends to Flynn's cooperation with our committee, as his testimony could greatly advance our efforts.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of making material false statements during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 24 as part of a plea deal with Special Council Robert Mueller.

But, he said, "through my faith in God, I am working to set things right".

Trump, at a news conference, says in response to Flynn's resignation: "I don't think he did anything wrong".

Flynn's plea, Warner said, "comes on the heels of a new report about the President's efforts to silence the independent, bipartisan Senate investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation".

The plea deal was announced by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who has been investigating whether members of President Trump's team aided Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

The White House rejected the idea that Flynn could implicate Trump for collusion with Moscow, even as court documents said that Flynn had been told by "senior" members of the presidential transition team to make contact with the Russians.

Flynn, who served in Donald Trump's administration for just 24 days before being forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian Federation contacts, could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. In the first statement Flynn made on December 29, 2016, Flynn denied making a request to a Russian ambassador to "refrain from escalating the situation" after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia and Flynn denied recalling that the Russian ambassador then stated they will "moderate" their response due the the request.

Michael Flynn is ready to spill the beans on Trump, according to Ross.

Besides a Dec. 29 conversation about sanctions, prosecutors also cite an earlier December meeting, in which Flynn asked Kislyak to delay or defeat a U.N. Security Council resolution. Flynn described to them how Russian Federation would not retaliate for the sanctions following team Trump's request.

The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official. He told a Trump transition official about that call.

At the time, Flynn was a campaign and transition advisor with no official USA government role, but it was known that he would likely become Trump's White House national security advisor.

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn", said White House attorney Ty Cobb.

The opposition Democratic Party was quick to slam Trump.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort surrendered to federal authorities on October 30 after he was indicted, along with his business associate Rick Gates, on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering.

During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, when Trump was officially nominated as the GOP's candidate, Flynn led the entire convention in a repeated chant of "Lock her up!"

Mueller's charging documents state bluntly that Flynn interfered with the FBI's inquiry into Trump-Russia collusion.

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