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Flynn charged with lying to the FBI — will plead guilty

“The charge against Flynn is the first in Mueller’s probe that has reached someone in the Trump White House”

(National SentinelRussia Investigation: Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has been charged with making false statements to the FBI.

Flynn is set to appear in court Friday morning.

CNN reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has charged Flynn with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI regarding conversations he allegedly had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

The White House has declined to comment.

The arrest makes Flynn the first official tied to President Donald J. Trump’s administration and the fourth one connected to the Trump campaign to be charged as part of Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Team Trump and Russia during the campaign last year.

Mueller is also looking into potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes, which is beyond his initial Justice Department mandate.

“Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted last month; they pleaded not guilty. And Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the FBI over contacts with officials connected to the Russian government,” CNN reported.

“The charge against Flynn is the first in Mueller’s probe that has reached someone in the Trump White House and is the latest sign that the special counsel’s investigation is intensifying,” the network reported further.

Flynn was forced to resign by Trump after he admitted he gave incomplete information to Vice President Mike Pence regarding his contact with the Russian diplomat.

 Update [0933 CST]: Flynn has agreed to plead guilty, according to court documents. A White House source told CNN that the plea was expected. “Poor judgment. But this was expected. Trump fired him for lying to (Vice President Mike Pence). Of course, he lied to the FBI, too,” the source said.

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