Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn arrived in court on Friday morning to face charges that he lied to the FBI. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI, according to court documents released on Friday, in an escalation of an investigation into alleged ties to Russia that has cast a cloud over President Donald Trump's administration. The Office of the Special Counsel said Flynn was charged with making false statements about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States. The office, which is investigating accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign, said a plea hearing for Flynn had been set for 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) on Friday. Flynn was expected to plead guilty. He had turned himself in to the FBI, two federal law enforcement officials told Reuters. Flynn, a retired Army general who was fired from his White House post in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, is a central figure in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.