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Former national security adviser Flynn charged with lying to FBI

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Posted at 9:23 AM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 04:46:46-05

(RNN) - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been charged with lying to FBI agents while serving in the White House, various media reports have confirmed.

Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser in February after serving for less than a month.

He is scheduled to make a plea at 10:30 a.m. Eastern in Washington, DC, federal court. The Associated Press reported Flynn will plead guilty.

Flynn was under scrutiny for failing to register as a foreign agent during the campaign for previous work he did for Turkey.  

Flynn resigned as national security adviser after contradicting Trump officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, regarding sanctions against Russia. Pence had relayed false information in media interviews based on his conversations with Flynn. He later apologized to Pence and cited his misleading information to the vice president in his resignation.

Manafort is the first administration official and four connected with the Trump campaign to be charged in Mueller's investigation

He ran Trump's 2016 campaign for several months pleaded not guilty in October to a 12-count indictment by a federal grand jury.  Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates was also indicted. 

Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the FBI over contacts with officials connected to the Russian government.

Over the summer, Trump asked Republican senators to wrap up their investigation into Russia's interference into the 2016 presidential election.

The New York Times reports the president reached out to Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, and others on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Burr, however, said Trump was still learning the ropes as president and didn't realize the "impropriety of his request."

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