Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to a single charge brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of making false statements to FBI agents about contacts with the Russian ambassador in 2016.
Flynn has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe as part of his guilty plea, which he entered in a federal courtroom in Washington, in front of U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras.
As part of the plea agreement, Flynn must fully cooperate with government investigators on any matter they deem relevant. Flynn may have to answer questions and participate in covert law enforcement activities. He must also turn over to the government all evidence of crimes he is aware of.
Flynn was released Friday on his personal recognizance — based on a promise that he will appear back in court for any necessary hearings — and he must report to the D.C. pretrial services agency weekly by phone.
Mueller’s team asked Contreras on Monday to defer sentencing in Flynn’s case, and in the plea agreement, Mueller’s team notes that Flynn’s sentencing could be delayed until Flynn has finished cooperating with investigators.
In the plea offer, Mueller’s team determined that Flynn should face somewhere between zero and six months in prison and pay a fine between $500 and $9,500, though the judge will ultimately determine Flynn’s sentence. The maximum sentence for Flynn’s offense is 5 years in prison, Contreras said Friday at the plea hearing.
Flynn, through his attorney, issued a statement after the hearing:
Statement by Lt. General Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) provided by Attorney: pic.twitter.com/7wdK8z6AuU
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) December 1, 2017
The White House attorney overseeing its response to the probe, Ty Cobb, issued a statement on Flynn’s guilty plea, via the White House pool reporter:
“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.
“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.”
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Read the plea agreement: