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Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump and Kushner

Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump and Kushner

Bloomberg first reported that Kushner was the "very senior" member of the transition team detailed in the documents released Friday after Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading FBI investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including about his contact with Russia.

The White House sought to distance itself from Flynn on Friday, noting that he only served as Trump's national security adviser for a few weeks and that he lied to Pence about his interactions with Kislyak in the same vein that he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It says that Flynn falsely claimed that he had not asked Kislyak "to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the US had imposed against Russian Federation", and that he didn't recall Kislyak telling him Russian Federation had chose to moderate its response as a result of his request.

It also says he falsely claimed that he didn't ask Kislyak to "delay a vote on or defeat" a U.N. Security Council resolution, and then falsely denied that Kislyak had described Russia's response to the request.

Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump and Kushner
Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump and Kushner

Today, just after the guilty plea, the White House canceled a photo-op with President Trump and the Libyan prime minister, and the president ignored shouted questions. "Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel's work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion".

For months, a steady drip of news reports have suggested a web of clandestine lobbying efforts by Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn on behalf of foreign governments including Turkey.

Included in the section on cooperation, Flynn further agrees to testify before grand juries, trials and proceedings at which his testimony is "deemed relevant".

"They are saying here at the White House that Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote "authorized" by the Obama administration", CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. 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.

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