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Michael Flynn charged with making false statements to the FBI, expected to plead guilty

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty this morning to making "willfully" false statements to the FBI about his contact with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, The New York Times reports. Flynn is reportedly seeking a plea deal, a move that was first signaled last week when his attorneys broke off conversations with White House lawyers.

Flynn resigned as national security adviser less than a month after President Trump's inauguration for lying about his contacts with Russian officials. Congressional Democrats have also told ABC News that Flynn hid information about overseas trips and contacts with foreign officials when applying for his security clearance, and The Wall Street Journal reported that Flynn and his son had considered kidnapping exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gullen — who the Turkish government blames for 2016's failed coup — on behalf of the Turkish government for $15 million, a claim Flynn's lawyer vehemently denied.