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Michael Flynn grew up breaking the rules. It caught up to him as Trump's national security adviser

WASHINGTON - In his best-selling 2016 book on terrorism, "The Field of Fight," retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn described growing up "hell-bent on breaking rules for the adrenaline rush and hardwired just enough to not care about the consequences."

On Friday, it became clear that Flynn broke one rule too many.

Flynn abruptly pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI about his communications with Russia's ambassador last December, after Donald Trump had named Flynn his national security adviser.

As part of a plea agreement, Flynn also said he was cooperating with the investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into whether anyone in Trump's orbit helped Moscow's efforts to meddle in last year's presidential campaign, suggesting higher-ups in the White House may face legal jeopardy.

The guilty plea was the latest dip in Flynn's roller-coaster career - an up-and-coming battlefield

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