Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to the charge of giving false statements to the FBI about communications he had with Russia.
Flynn is the newest to come under fire as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference of the 2016 election and has agreed to full cooperation with investigators.
Yet, Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich highlighted a small detail concerning Flynn’s plea and the accusation that Trump had connections with Russia that resulted in his political gain.
“The closest we get to Russia with the Flynn information that we have is that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador, but that would be a normal thing for any incoming White House National Security Adviser to do,” Pavlich said.
According to Fox News, records revealed that a “‘very senior member’ of the Trump transition team directed Flynn to contact foreign governments including Russia over a United Nations vote regarding Israeli settlements.”
“Flynn, in turn, contacted the Russian ambassador,” the article stated. It was within this alleged contact with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak that Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” lying to the FBI.
However, Flynn’s recent disclosure to “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” seemed to create a media frenzy, with many accusing White House officials — including the president — of ties with Russia.
General Flynn is said to be ready to testify that President Trump told him to contact the Russians in order that the two countries could work together to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.
President Trump himself has been said to have been involved in directing outreach measures to other countries, according to Fox News, with a former senior intelligence officer claiming that Trump directed Flynn and his deputy, K.T. McFarland, to contact the Russians as well as 12 other countries.
“The transition team felt that the Obama White House had completely abandoned any coherent foreign policy and had to fill the vacuum,” the source admitted to Fox News.
According to the source, the purpose of the calls was to persuade other nations not to overreact to last-minute actions taken by the Obama team as Trump transitioned from president-elect to president of the U.S.
But President Trump’s attorney, Ty Cobb, said in a statement that Flynn has no evidence that Trump did anything wrong.