By Matthew Grady 12/1/17

President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty Friday to one count of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials prior to

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the election.

According to the investigation led by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, the contact with Russian officials was illegal and other Trump transition team members knew about it.

Flynn resigned from his White House position in February over the controversy–only 24 days after being appointed.

Flynn reportedly falsely told the FBI that he had not spoken to Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, about not escalating tensions in response to the US-imposed sanctions against Russia. He also falsely stated that he did not remember a follow up conversation in which Kislyak said that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to the sanctions as Flynn requested.

Flynn had many other contacts with Russian officials, one with regards to Israel, which was prompted by a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team.

Flynn faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for today’s guilty plea.

Trump has often said that there is no evidence that his administration colluded with Russian officials, but there is mounting evidence that instances are not rare among Trump advisors. His former campaign manager Paul Manafort and foreign-policy advisor George Papadopoulos both face charges of collusion.

Flynn is the first Trump White House official to face criminal charges.

The White House had no immediate comment.