U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday the actions of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn after the 2016 election were "lawful". "Yet Trump tried to influence or stop the FBI investigation on Flynn", Lieu tweeted. He has pled guilty to those lies.
"I accept your guilty plea", responded Judge Rudolph Contreras, adding: "There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal".
The president had previously maintained that he fired Flynn in February for lying to Pence. No collusion. There's been absolutely, absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy.
Robert Mueller removed a top FBI counterintelligence agent from his investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling this past summer after the Justice Department's inspector general started looking into text messages he and another agent on Mueller's team may have sent expressing negative views about Donald Trump. Comey has said that Trump the following day brought up the Flynn investigation in private at the White House and told him that he hoped he could "let this go".
Michael Flynn Jr., as he is known, accompanied his father on his 2015 trip to Moscow.
Brushing aside an ongoing Russian Federation probe, President Donald Trump reveled Saturday in the Senate's passage of a sweeping tax bill, predicting with swagger that he and his fellow Republicans were "unbeatable". In court documents filed Friday, Flynn said he had conversations about those calls with officials of Trump's transition team including one senior member. Though White House officials including Pence had stated publicly that Flynn had not discussed sanctions with Kislyak, Yates has said she advised McGahn that there were factual problems with that account.
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Strzok led the investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account and then investigated possible links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
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 said he was not concerned about Flynn earlier Saturday. If Trump knew that Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation then this could possibly point to obstruction of justice.
"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", Special Counsel's Office spokesperson Peter Carr told BuzzFeed News.
Trump told NBC News in May that "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it" and "I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".