As a member of Donald Trump‘s inner circle, Michael Flynn says he was ‘directed’ by then-presidential candidate Trump to “make contact with the Russians.”
Flynn, who on Friday morning pleaded guilty in a deal with the FBI for his role in the Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, is prepared to testify against his former boss, reports ABC News.
The news is potentially explosive, as it could bring forth clarity on whether or not Trump and his campaign team colluded with Russian officials to influence the election that he ultimately won.
Trump and his team have denied any involvement, however, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner have already come under scrutiny for meetings with a Russian lawyer they did not previously disclose.
Flynn’s plea deal with the Special Counsel suggests he has a fair amount of information to offer to investigators in exchange.
According to Brian Ross, ABC News chief investigative correspondent, Flynn said that he is “distraught” about his decisions and feels he’s “doing the right thing for his country.”
JUST IN: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation to the Mueller team” and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.” https://t.co/aiagnvr8eS pic.twitter.com/r8u2LWAd0O
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2017