By RYAN ROSSBERG and RICHARD WALTERMAN New York, NY—President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign in February as investigations into his ties to Russia widened into a broader effort to undermine the Trump presidency.
The New York TIMES reports that Flynn resigned after a grand jury in New York City issued an indictment on charges that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence and others about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions the Trump administration imposed against Russia for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Flynn, who served as national security advisor to Trump from January 2017 until January 2021, is accused of making false statements about the contents of conversations he conducted with the ambassador about lifting sanctions on Russia in December, January and February of 2018.
A spokeswoman for Flynn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But Trump has defended Flynn and called the allegations that he made misleading statements to Pence and other officials about their conversations with the Russia ambassador a “witch hunt.”
Fires and storms erupted throughout the day in New Jersey as people took to the streets, chanting, “USA, USA!” and “Flynn resign!”
Ferguson said on Sunday that there is “zero chance” that Flynn will face charges.
“If he’s charged with any crime, I think that there’s zero chance that he will ever be in the position of trying to be President of the United States again,” Ferguson said on ABC’s This Week.
“He is a former national leader and he was one of the best people that I ever worked with.
He was a patriot, he was a friend and I think the American people deserve to know what he did.
He did the right thing and I wish him well.
He did what he thought was right.
I think it was a good decision.”
However, there were calls to impeach the president.
In a tweet Saturday, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) wrote, “Fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation was not an indictment, but the President is not above the law.”
Former President George W. Bush appointed Flynn to a top national security position as national intelligence chief in 2011, a position he held until 2017.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not respond to multiple requests for comment Saturday on whether Flynn’s plea to cooperate with the special counsel is an indication that Trump will accept that Flynn is innocent.
More: Trump’s White House Counsel said Flynn would plead guilty to the charges and be sentenced on May 5.
While Trump has said Flynn is not a target of any investigation, the president has continued to insist that Flynn’s dismissal is part of a coverup and that he fired him because of Flynn’s conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Last week, a New York federal judge dismissed the criminal charges against Flynn.
President Trump has dismissed Flynn as the national security chief and said that Flynn was fired because of his ties with Russia.
Flynn resigned in February after the FBI said it was looking into allegations that Flynn made false statements to the Vice President and others in January and Feb. of 2018 about conversations the ambassador had with him about lifting US sanctions on the Russian government in response to the Russian’s interference in last year’s U.N. vote.
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak and he has pleaded not guilty to those charges.