Michael Flynn has been charged and is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI this morning.
The charges consist of one count of making false statements in December 2016:
- That he did not ask the Russian Ambassador Kislyak to the U.S. to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day…”
- That he did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending UN Security Council resolution (on Israel, which Obama and Kerry did not veto), and that the ambassador “subsequently never described to Flynn Russia’s response to his request.”
A single count of making false statements in a target-rich environment gives the impression that there was more and that Flynn may have cut a deal with Mueller to provide evidence and cooperate in other facets of the special counsel’s investigation.
Flynn is appearing at the federal courthouse in Washington at 10:30am.
This story is developing.