Kushner Is Said to Have Asked Flynn to Contact Russian Envoy

Flynn rejected claims that he had committed treason, but said he accepts "full responsibility for his actions." . According to a court filing, Flynn said that a "very senior member" of the presidential transition team asked Flynn on December 22 to contact officials to help delay or defeat a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlement policies.

The government did not reveal the identity of the senior transition official.

"It is part of an alarming pattern in which the President has already fired the FBI Director; pressured the Attorney General and top USA intelligence officials to interfere with an ongoing investigation; and contemplated issuing pardons for his associates or firing the special counsel, according to numerous press reports", Warner continued.

President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump.

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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.

Mr Flynn's statement said: "After over 33 years of military service to our country, including almost five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of "treason" and other outrageous acts".

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn".

Flynn is the most senior member of the Trump administration to have been indicted by the special counsel thus far.

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Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and agreed to cooperate with investigators working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. The White House has denied that assertion.

Flynn was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation just days after Trump's inauguration. At a time when tensions were hightened between the United States and Russia, Flynn was asked about whether he discussed sanctions against the country with the ambassador before he took office.

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.

Mueller's team announced charges in October against three other Trump campaign officials, former chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, and a former campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. Flynn's decision to admit to these lies and cooperate with the Special Counsel occurred, if press reports are to be believed, with the backdrop of broad legal exposure by Flynn, in addition to his son.

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Flynn is the first Trump White House official to be charged with a crime in connection to Mueller's investigation. Scheduled grand jury testimony regarding Flynn was also postponed by prosecutors. "Flynn's false statements and omissions impeded and otherwise had a significant material effect on the FBI's ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", the document declares.

  • Ryan Wade