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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to FBI agents while he worked in the Trump administration.

Here's a breakdown of what's going on.

Who is Michael Flynn?

Flynn briefly served as President Trump's national security adviser. He resigned from his position in February, amid revelations that he had misled Vice President Pence and others about conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions before Trump took office. Flynn also served served in the Army for 33 years, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant general before his retirement in 2014. He was the head of military intelligence as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in the Obama administration.

What was he charged with?

Prosecutors alleged Flynn “did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to FBI agents during a Jan. 24 interview about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. According to the allegations, Flynn falsely told FBI agents that he did not ask Kislyak to delay a vote on a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.

In court on Friday, prosecutors said at least some of Flynn's contacts with Russian officials had been coordinated with a "senior official of the presidential transition."

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday.

Has he released a statement?

Yes. Here's what he had to say:

"After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of 'treason' and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflects a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions."

Why is this significant?

Flynn was considered one of the most vulnerable people in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He has made no secret of his desire for a deal to testify in exchange for immunity from possible prosecution.

Who else has been charged in Mueller's probe?

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, were indicted in October for working on behalf of pro-Russia factions in Ukraine without registering with the Justice Department as foreign agents -- a legal requirement -- and laundering millions of dollars in profits to evade taxes. 

Additionally, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his communications with people who represented themselves as tied to the Russian government. 

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