Trump swept into his hometown on a $6 million fundraising blitz, a day after former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and promised co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Of the four, two have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI - Flynn and a former Trump campaign adviser. On Saturday, Trump suggested that he was aware that Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he ousted him on February 13, saying in a tweet, "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Hours after he insisted there was "absolutely no collusion" with Russian Federation, the president - writing on Twitter - appeared to mourn Flynn's departure because his actions during the presidential transition "were lawful". "There was nothing to hide!"
Flynn's statements about his Russian Federation contacts and his 2016 consulting work for a Turkish client both came under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. At a news conference just days after Flynn was let go, Trump said he ousted him because of "what he said to Mike Pence". The president has also continued his longstanding criticism of the FBI's Clinton email server investigation which Trump initially cited as his reason for firing FBI Director James Comey in May of this year. Afterward, Comey said that Trump had asked him to drop the investigation into Flynn.
Michael Flynn Jr., as he is known, accompanied his father on his 2015 trip to Moscow. People familiar with the matter told The Post that that official is the president's son-in-law and top White House adviser, Jared Kushner.
In what appeared to be moves undermining the policies of outgoing president Barack Obama, the pair discussed USA sanctions on Russian Federation, and Mr Flynn asked Mr Kislyak to help delay a United Nations vote seen as damaging to Israel, according to prosecutors. "No collusion. There's been absolutely - there's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy", Trump told reporters Saturday morning before departing for a fundraising trip to NY.
"There is not a legal issue but rather a trust issue", then-White House press secretary Spicer said at the time. It is not clear what the messages said, only that they were apparently conversational responses to campaign news items and were anti-Trump and supportive of Clinton.
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While the mainstream media goes around in circles desperately seeking evidence of wrongdoing in the Trump administration, it turns out a scandal of major import was under their noses all along. 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.