Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn denied ever having lied to the FBI in a new legal filing submitted Wednesday, two years after he pleaded guilty to making false statements about his communications with a Russian diplomat.
Flynn claimed that prosecutors and his former legal team had pressured him into accepting a plea agreement despite his reservations about the charges.
“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.
Earlier this month, Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea as a cooperation agreement he made with the special counsel's office deteriorated.
In its own filing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said that in the event that Judge Emmet Sullivan, an Obama appointee, rejects Flynn’s plea withdrawal, the federal government would have no objection to Flynn being sentenced to probation without prison time.
Earlier this month, the prosecutors had recommended up to six months in prison for the former three-star general.
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.
“I tried to ‘accept responsibility’ by admitting to offenses I understood the government I love and trusted said I committed,” Flynn said.
“I am innocent of this crime, and I request to withdraw my guilty plea,” he added.
Flynn claimed in the filing that he had had numerous calls with foreign diplomats and that from his recollection his conversation with Kislyak did not seem out of the ordinary.
Flynn's long-delayed sentencing will be held on Feb. 27.
Updated at 6:02 p.m.