Republicans, Democrats react to former National Security Adviser's guilty plea

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the first Trump White House official to make a guilty plea so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

There was a sharp turn in the Russia investigation Friday, with the first a high profile former trump official pleading guilty.

General Michael Flynn was charged with making false statements to the FBI about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, instructions court records now say were given by the Trump transition team.

But less than a month after the President’s inauguration, his national security adviser was out of a job.

“The evolving and eroding level of trust is what led to the president to ask for General Flynn’s resignation,” said then White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during a February 14 White House Briefing.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats highlighted the concern about the possibility of any collusion with Russia.

“We need to make sure that the elections we have, votes we cast, are counted correctly,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE).

“We are a great country and we have checks and balances and thank goodness we do. I’m sure the president and a lot of his team are very concerned about this,” said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).

Meanwhile, many Republicans said Friday Flynn’s guilty plea does not indicate a smoking gun.

“Sometimes these things are not related at all, as we saw with Paul Manafort. In his trial that’s ongoing now, and his indictment was not related to the campaign,” said Sen James Lankford (R-OK).

“I’ve seen no evidence of collusion or anything of that nature. Most of the crimes that have been alleged or charges that have been filed really relate to other things,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK).

Michael Flynn is out of the spotlight for now but in a statement says he’ll cooperate with the special counsel’s office and takes full responsibility for his actions.

As far as reaction from the White House, President Trump’s lawyer put out a statement which he pointed out that nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.

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