Judge says Michael Flynn agreed to provide ‘substantial assistance for prosecution of another person’

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Former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. — communications that a prosecutor said Flynn had discussed with “a very senior member” of President Trump’s transition team.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said during the plea hearing at the federal courthouse here that Flynn had agreed to provide “substantial assistance for prosecution of another person.”

The guilty plea to a single count of making false statements to the FBI and the public reference to a “very senior member” of the transition team marked the biggest step so far in the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller’s prosecutors have been investigating a wide range of potential charges against Flynn.

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