Flynn is the most senior member of the Trump administration to have been indicted by the special counsel thus far. The statement is the first indication that Flynn is cooperating with the special counsel's office.
In a hearing before US District Judge Rudolph Contreras at a Washington federal courthouse on Friday, Flynn admitted he made false statements to the FBI about his contacts with then Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, Efe news reported. In May, Trump fired Comey over "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation", as Trump described it. Comey's ouster was a stunning event, one that led directly to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for Russiagate.
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn released a statement following the news that he has been charged with making false statements to federal investigators about his conversations last December with Russia's ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey Kislyak.
President Donald Trump's former top advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over his contacts with Russian Federation, in a dramatic escalation of the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
The retired Lieutenant General retired from his post as national security adviser in February, after it came out that he had lied about his conversation with Kislyak. He also receives a speaking fee from a Russian government-run television network that US officials consider a propaganda outlet.
The Obama administration, in a rare step that shocked its Middle East ally, planned to abstain on the motion rather than veto it as had been done in the past.
While the two interactions do not indicate a clear instance of collusion, they raise questions about the Trump team's dealings with Moscow before taking office - and whether they actively worked to undermine Obama's policies.
"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn", Cobb said in a written statement.
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee earlier this year that she had warned the White House about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak so that the Trump administration "could take action" amid concerns that Flynn was subject to blackmail by Russians.
Friday's news made clear that Trump's inner circle, if not the president himself, are increasingly under threat by Mueller's investigation.
In a February 14 meeting at the White House, Trump reportedly told then-FBI Director Comey to "let this go".
Mueller's investigators have interviewed members of Trump's family, his top advisors, business partners and lawyers over their actions.
The charges against Flynn stem from Mueller's months-long investigation into purported Russian meddling to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, including hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee, and into any possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.