Retired United States Army Lieutenant General and ex-national security adviser to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn has been charged with one count of "making a false statement."
After one month as national security adviser, Flynn was forced to resign after misleading the White House about meeting the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. Flynn's name has been tossed around since the special investigation into alleged melding by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Now, Flynn has been specifically charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of that investigation.
The former army general stands accused of "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" in January. Flynn represents the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration so far although his career spans many presidents. Despite being national security adviser for only a month before being fired, Flynn has become synonymous in the media with Trump since he was also an adviser during his campaign.
If the charges stem from a lie told in January, it is possible he mislead the FBI during the days or weeks leading up to his appointment as national security adviser. The single charge appears to be related to Flynn's interview by the FBI when they were investigating his meeting the Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak regarding US sanctions against Russia.
Flynn is due to appear in court soon.
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