The United States' former national security adviser pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI.
Michael Flynn is the first official from President Donald Trump's administration to plead guilty in an investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The special counsel is examining possible ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.
Flynn admitted to lying about his contacts with Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, before Trump's inauguration. Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of members of Trump's transition team that had detailed knowledge of his outreach to Russia.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras said Flynn is cooperating with the investigation. The judge added that the government will decide how effectively Flynn is cooperating as part of a plea agreement.
In a statement, Flynn said, My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country.
Trump did not respond to shouted questions from reporters Friday as he welcomed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj to the White House.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb said, Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. Cobb noted that Flynn only worked in the White House for 25 days.
Flynn was an early Trump campaign supporter. And the president had previously referred to Flynn as a "wonderful man." Flynn was forced to resign in February. White House officials said he had misled them about the meeting with the Russian ambassador.
Former FBI Director James Comey was leading an investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. After his dismissal in May, Comey testified before Congress that Trump told him that he "hoped" he would cancel an investigation into Flynn's possible connections to Russian officials. But the White House has denied that was the case.
Comey's dismissal led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel.
In October, the grand jury indicted Paul Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign chairman and Rick Gates, also a top campaign official. George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for the campaign, also admitted to lying about his contacts with Russian nationals.
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1.admit to 承认
The young girl admitted to stealing the jewels.
2.lie about 就……说谎
Tom lied to the boss about his work.
3.grand jury 大陪审团
The grand jury presented many offenses.
4.serve as 担任，充当
Newspaper serves me as a curtain.
5.Court papers make clear that Flynn knows the identities of members of Trump's transition team...
make clear 显示，解释清楚
But as the documents make clear, each approach has its frustrations for the American effort.
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6.The United States' former national security adviser pleaded guilty Friday
plead guilty 认罪
Notably, it was not until Milken’s sentencing hearing, long after he had pleaded guilty, that decisive evidence about this question became public.
The pair pleaded guilty to drinking alcohol, but said they only kissed on the cheek and are appealing their conviction of the country's morality laws.
弗林(Michael Flynn)是特别检察官罗伯特 米勒(Robert Mueller)主导调查期间第一位认罪的特朗普政府官员 。这位特别检察官正在调查俄罗斯与2016年特朗普竞选活动之间可能存在的关联 。
弗林承认其在特朗普就职之前曾对自己与俄罗斯驻美大使谢尔盖 基斯利亚克(Sergey Kislyak)之间的关系撒过谎 。法院文件明确显示弗林知道特朗普过渡团队成员的身份，该团队也对其与俄罗斯之间的关系十分了解 。
美国地区初级法院法官康崔拉斯(Rudolph Contreras)表示，弗林正在配合调查 。该法官补充表示，美国政府将决定弗林在认罪协议中扮演的是怎样的助推角色 。
周五记者们高声请求特朗普回答的问题，特朗普并未作出回应，当天是特朗普迎接利比亚总理法伊兹 萨拉杰访问白宫的日子 。
白宫律师泰 柯布表示，这份认罪答辩或者控诉中的内容直指弗林一人 。柯布强调，弗林仅在白宫工作了25天 。
弗林是特朗普早期的竞选支持者 。此前，特朗普曾称“弗林”为一个“很棒的人 。”弗林被迫于2月辞职 。白宫多名官员表示，弗林就其曾与俄罗斯大使会见过的事情对他们进行了误导 。
联邦调查局前局长詹姆斯此前曾对俄罗斯与特朗普政府之间可能存在的关联进行过调查 。在詹姆斯于5月被辞前，他曾在国会面前作证，说特朗普“希望”他能够撤销对弗林与俄罗斯官员可能存在关联的调查 。但白宫否认了这个情况 。
10月份，大陪审团起诉了曾担任特朗普政府主席的保罗(Paul Manafort)以及高级竞选官员里克(Rick Gates) 。竞选活动的境外政策顾问乔治(George Papadopoulos)也承认曾对其与俄罗斯人的关系撒过谎 。
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