Michael Flynn made a declaration to the court today in which he said he never lied to the FBI and regrets his decision to plead guilty, which he says was done under intense pressure from the government and his own lawyers:
“In truth, I never lied,” Flynn said in the Wednesday filing as part of an effort to have the charges against him dismissed.
“My guilty plea has rankled me throughout this process, and while I allowed myself to succumb to the threats from the government to save my family, I believe that I was grossly misled about what really happened,” Flynn wrote…
Flynn claimed in the filing that he “never would have pled guilty” if his initial defense team had told him federal agents said he “did not give any indication of deception” when questioned about conversations he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The full document is here. Flynn walks through the events which led up to his guilty plea in detail, I’m going to quote this at length because it really does explain Flynn’s argument for why he decided to plead guilty despite his own better judgment: