Ex-NSA Michael Flynn ready to testify against Donald Trump

Updated: 03 December, 2017 17:37 IST | Agencies | Washington

Flynn to testify that Trump 'directed him to make contact with Russians'

The former national security adviser and a close confidant of Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, is ready to testify that he made contact with Russia under the direction of the US President.

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller. Pics/ AFP

The Telegraph said that Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify against Trump as part of an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. Earlier, Flynn pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador in January.

Flynn acknowledged that he was cooperating with the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, into the Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election campaign, reported CNN. He is prepared to say that Donald Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians", according to a source.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Michael Flynn was charged with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements."

Kushner 'directed Flynn to contact Russians'
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is reportedly the senior official who directed Flynn to contact Russian officials, NBC News reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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FBI charges

As part of a plea deal, Flynn admitted that a senior member of Trump’s transition team directed him to make contact with Russian officials in December 2016. By pleading guilty to charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Flynn became the most senior member of Trump’s regime to be indicted.

First Published: 03 December, 2017 09:42 IST

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