Trump on Flynn Guilty Plea: 'No Collusion'

Dec 03, 2017, 00:48
Trump on Flynn Guilty Plea: 'No Collusion'

Of the four, two have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI - Flynn and a former Trump campaign adviser. "There was nothing to hide!"

US President Donald Trump has said actions by his disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition were lawful and there was no collusion between his 2016 White House campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump, en route to NY for a full day of fund-raising, stressed that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.

President Donald Trump's tweet on Saturday about firing Michael Flynn from his position as national security adviser is garnering a lot of attention from critics - with some calling it a possible admission of obstruction of justice.

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A person familiar with the transition's effort on the United Nations vote said it was well-known and a collaborative effort by various transition officials, including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Flynn and Kushner, adding that none of them "ordered" or "directed" the others and all were working towards the same goal of standing by Israel.

According to documents released by Mueller, Flynn lobbied Russian Federation to kill a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements at the behest of a "very senior" transition official that sources told CNN was Jared Kushner - Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", spokesman Peter Carr said.

Michael Flynn Jr., as he is known, accompanied his father on his 2015 trip to Moscow. Flynn Jr. also acted briefly as his father's chief of staff during the transition, but was forced to resign after his frequent tweets on conspiracy theories. Trump tweeted from his personal account Saturday.

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Strzok was reportedly reassigned this past summer from the Mueller investigation to the FBI's human resources department, according to The Times.

People in the White House and beyond are waiting to see the next steps from Mueller, and what Flynn tells him that might direct those next steps. Kushner met with Mueller's investigators last month to discuss Flynn, CNN has reported.

As acting attorney general at the end of the Obama administration, Yates and another Justice Department official went to the White House on January 26 to warn White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was potentially compromised and vulnerable to blackmail because of discrepancies between the public accounting of the Kislyak conversation and what actually occurred.

Trump was much more content Saturday to talk to reporters about the taxes after Senate Republicans delivered him a rare legislative victory early Saturday morning, passing the sweeping tax plan they'd written hours earlier in a partyline vote. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.

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