Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Trump Says He's Not Worried About What Flynn Will Tell Investigators

Lawyer John Dowd exits Manhattan Federal Court in New York Trump Lawyer Takes Hit Over Claims He Wrote President's Tweet About Flynn REUTERS Brendan McDermid File Phot
Theodore Harris | 03 December, 2017, 00:44

U.S. President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition, bringing the special counsel's probe into the President's inner circle.

Flynn was the first member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion by Trump aides. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. "There was nothing to hide!"

"The extramarital affair was problematic, these people said, but of greater concern among senior law enforcement officials were text messages the two exchanged during the Clinton investigation and campaign season, in which they expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton".

Cobb is the White House special counsel overseeing the legal and media response to the Russian Federation investigation.

"Walter Shaub, a former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, responded to Trump's tweet, ".just couldn't resist commenting on Flynn. He is a good guy.

Trump spoke briefly to reporters as he left the White House Saturday morning - hours after Republicans passed their tax plan along party lines over night - and was asked if he was concerned what Flynn would tell the special counsel. Asked if he stands by his former national security adviser, Trump said, "We'll see what happens".

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There have been mixed reports from the White House about how seriously Trump would consider pardons. For months, officials have refused to explain why Strzok was reassigned, but people familiar with the matter said it was ultimately Mueller's decision.

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI", Trump wrote.

A spokesperson for Mueller's team confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Strzok was no longer assigned part of the investigation.

The existence of the text messages was brought to the attention of Mueller's office by the inspector general's office, which has been conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email case. Mr. Trump seriously entertained the idea but ultimately backed down.

"Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn", Cobb said in a statement, adding that the special counsel's office "is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion" to the Russian Federation investigation.

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