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Read: the charge against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the Russia probe

He was charged for making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives for a press conference between US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

On Friday, December 1, special counsel Robert Mueller charged former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn with one count of making false statements to the FBI. Flynn is expected to plead guilty to the charge as part of a cooperation deal in which he’d provide information to Mueller’s team.

The charge related to an interview FBI agents conducted with Flynn on January 24, 2017, just days after President Donald Trump took office and Flynn began serving as his top national security aide.

According to the charging document, Flynn made false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period. The alleged false statements related to discussions Flynn had with Kislyak about sanctions that President Barack Obama had just placed on Russia, and about a planned United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements.

You can read the full charging document here, and our fuller explainer on Flynn’s situation here.

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