Michael Flynn is the fourth person in President Donald Trump’s orbit to face legal trouble related to the campaign or their time in the White House.
The former campaign adviser and national security advisor pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI Friday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Here’s a look at everyone in Trump’s circle who has been charged so far.
A retired Army lieutenant general, Michael Flynn was a surrogate during Trump’s presidential campaign and later served as national security advisor. He was ousted from the role after only 24 days, however, amid claims that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians during the presidential transition.
The special counsel’s office charged Flynn with one count of making false statements, writing in a court document that he “did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians. Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1.
Papadopoulos was a relatively minor player in Trump’s orbit, but the first to plead guilty to charges. He served on the president’s foreign policy team and Trump once highlighted him in a Washington Post interview, but after Mueller announced charges, the White House said Papadopoulos was a volunteer with an “extremely limited role.”
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to one count of lying to the FBI about his dealings with “foreign nationals” who he believed to be connected to Russian government officials.
Manafort is a veteran lobbyist who was hired by the Trump campaign in 2016 to spearhead operations at the Republican National Convention. He was only working for the campaign for a few months before he was let go after his name appeared on a Ukrainian ledger detailing secret payments.
Mueller’s team charged him with 12 counts including conspiracy, money laundering, failure to register as a foreign agent and failing to report foreign bank accounts to the federal government. He pleaded not guilty.
Gates was charged alongside Manafort. The two are longtime lobbying associates, and Gates joined the Trump campaign when Manafort did. Gates reportedly worked on Trump’s inaugural committee and later helped launch the pro-Trump group America First Strategies. The indictment against the two men says Gates worked closely with Manafort on crimes to promote foreign interests and avoid paying U.S. taxes. He pleaded not guilty.
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