(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump’s attorney Ty Cobb issued a statement Friday in response to news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Russia probe.
In his statement, Cobb downplayed Flynn’s involvement with the Trump administration, saying he’d only been working for Trump for 25 days and referring to him as “a former Obama administration official.”
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI,” Cobb said in a statement.
Cobb added that the “false statements” that Flynn gave the FBI “mirror the false statements” that led to his departure from the Trump administration. Flynn was fired for giving “incomplete information” to Vice President Mike Pence about his calls to the Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” Cobb said.
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion,” Cobb added.
As CNSNews.com reported, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI but is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
Court documents note that on or about January 24, 2017, Flynn “did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” by “falsely” telling FBI agents:
-- that he did not ask the Russian ambassador, on Dec. 29, to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on that same day;
-- that he did not recall the Russian ambassador telling Flynn that Russia would moderate its response to Obama's sanctions at Flynn’s request;
-- that Flynn did not ask the Russian ambassador to defeat or delay a vote on a pending U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements – a month before Trump took office. (The U.N. resolution ended up passing when the U.S. abstained.)