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Michael Flynn expected to plead guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Michael Flynn expected to plead guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "willfully and knowingly" made false statements, according to a lawsuit by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

He is due to appear in court later Friday morning, a court spokesperson said.

Three former Trump campaign aides have been charged, and one has pleaded guilty.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for National Security Advisor, walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, November 29, 2016 in New York City.




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. It alleges he falsely told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he did not ask the Russian ambassador to refrain from retaliating to sanctions the Obama administration imposed on Russia in late December.

The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.

After prosecutors unveiled charges against Manafort and Gates Oct. 30, the White House distanced itself from them, pointing out the bulk of their alleged offenses predated the presidential campaign.