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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, once a member of President Donald Trump’s inner circle of advisers, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about back-channel conversations with the Russian ambassador as part of a deal with the Special Counsel investigating foreign meddling in the 2016 elections.
Flynn’s plea signals the former top adviser to Trump is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. A brief statement released by Mueller’s team Friday morning does not say what information Flynn has provided the government as part of the deal, but people familiar with the agreement told ABC News Friday he has made a decision to assist investigators.
The general told confidants about his decision to plead guilty in the last 24 hours, according to people close to Flynn, who say the former adviser feels Trump has abandoned him and has agreed to answer questions about the president or anyone else.
Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with Russians when he was a presidential candidate.