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Update: ABC Suspends Reporter Who Said Flynn Would Testify About Trump Campaign Order to Contact Russians


Update – Dec. 2, 6:27 p.m.: ABC suspended reporter Brian Ross on Saturday for his report saying that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn agreed to testify that his old boss President Donald Trump told him to make contact with the Russians during the campaign. They said the information had been insufficiently vetted.

“As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online,” they said in a statement.

Our original story on Ross’s reporting is below.


Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly agreed to testify against his old boss President Donald Trump.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador about  U.S. sanctions, and a United Nations resolution regarding Israel. ABC reporter Brian Ross said a source told him that the former National Security Adviser will testify that Trump told him to make contact with Moscow. Flynn is also reportedly ready to testify against members of Trump’s family, and others in the White House.

This contradicts what the president previously said. He said he didn’t ask Flynn to discuss sanctions with Russia. His son Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner have also been publicly implicated in allegations that his campaign helped out in Russia’s election interference efforts. Both men were at a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer aTrump Tower to get dirt on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

At least one legal expert says Flynn’s testimony might go nowhere.

“There is no constitutional support for prosecuting a sitting President, and Trump won’t let a family member go to jail,” tweeted attorney and University of George law Professor Page Pate.

The White House is playing down the significance of the Flynn guilty plea. Here’s the statement from Trump attorney Ty Cobb:

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