Micheal Fynn: Trump Campaign Told Me to Contact the Russians.
(Via Vice News)
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, said Friday that senior adviser in the Trump transition team directed him to make contact with Russians, according to multiple reports. He did not name the person.
ABC News reported that Flynn is “is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.”
Flynn pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. During his hearing on Friday, he said that Trump’s campaign asked him to make contact with Russian officials during the campaign, and that incoming administration officials knew about it. Flynn is reportedly facing a five year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Following the hearing, Flynn issued a statement, denying accusations of “treason.” 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.”
Democrats are starting to react.
“This shows a Trump associate negotiating with the Russians against U.S. policy and interests before Donald Trump took office and after it was announced that Russia had interfered in our election,” Senator Diane Feinstein, the Democrat from California, said in a statement. “It’s critical that we determine whether Flynn spoke with the Russians on his own initiative and who knew and approved of his actions.”