US attorney for Texas charged in Trump’s Russia probe

Prosecutors in Texas have charged a U.S. attorney with a felony charge of lying to Congress about whether he advised President Donald Trump on how to deal with Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Justice Department said in a news release Tuesday that Assistant U.N. Ambassador Mark W. Wigdor was charged with three counts of perjury and four counts of making false statements to Congress.

Wigdor, who was appointed U.A.E. envoy by Trump in April, declined to comment on the charges.

The charges stem from a December 2016 investigation that revealed Wigdors conversations with then-President Donald Trump and former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the campaign and transition, including Trump’s decision to fire Flynn in February.

In an interview with ABC News, Flynn acknowledged having discussed sanctions with Russian officials in 2016 and 2017, but declined to say whether the sanctions were related to Russian interference.