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Michael Flynn expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI in Russia investigation

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty on Friday to making false statements to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russia's ambassador. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty on Friday to making false statements to the FBI in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

What happened?

In a court filing, Mueller charged Flynn with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russia's ambassador.

According to CBS News, Flynn will plead guilty Friday to one count of making false statements to the FBI at a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C.

Flynn resigned in February after admitting to misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador prior to Inauguration Day.

Who else has been charged in the investigation?

CNN noted that Flynn is the first Trump White House official to be charged in the investigation. Three people connected to Trump’s campaign — Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos — have also been charged.

In October, Manafort and Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury including conspiracy against the United States. They pleaded not guilty.

Papadopoulos recently pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI regarding his contact with officials with ties to the Russian government.

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