This column will be starting a little differently. That’s because I will have to make a major correction to the record.
I’ve been claiming in columns and social media posts for some time now that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was charged with perjury and that he pleaded guilty to one count of perjury.
This is, in fact, not correct. The truth is that Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge of violating 18 U.S.C. 1001, which is a statute that makes it illegal to make false statements to FBI officials.
Flynn supposedly made at least one false statement to FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joseph Pientka during an informal interview at the White House that took place on Jan. 24, 2017. Flynn didn’t have his lawyer present, and was never told by the agents that anything he said in that interview could be used to charge him with a crime.
We’ve already learned from what’s been declassified and made public…