Judge Grills Flynn Over Dispute About Circumstances Of FBI Interview

WASHINGTON, DC - July 10: Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse following a pre-sentencing hearing July 10, 2018 in Washi... WASHINGTON, DC - July 10: Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse following a pre-sentencing hearing July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flynn has been charged with a single count of making a false statement to the FBI by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 18, 2018 11:55 a.m.

During Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing on Tuesday morning, Judge Emmet Sullivan attempted to dissolve any doubts that Flynn did in fact lie to the FBI, by grilling Flynn over his guilty plea and whether he felt “entrapped” by the FBI, as President Trump and his allies have alluded in recent days.

“I cannot recall any incident in which the court accepted a guilty plea in which he was not guilty and I don’t intend to start today,” Sullivan told Flynn, according to MSNBC. “I will inform you, any false answers will get you in more trouble, do you understand?”

Flynn responded in the affirmative, before Sullivan asked if he wished “to challenge the circumstances under which you were interviewed by the FBI?”

His lawyers have said in recent days that the only reason Flynn lied to the FBI was because he was caught off-guard by the agents. The White House on Tuesday said he was “certainly ambushed” by the FBI.

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“No, your honor,” Flynn said. “I was aware that lying to the FBI was a crime.”

Sullivan also asked Flynn if he “believed that he was entrapped by the FBI,” and he said “no,” through his attorney.

HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly characterized Sullivan’s remarks as an attempt to make his crimes “abundantly clear.”

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