Trump says Flynn's actions during presidential transition were 'lawful'
- Author: Theresa Obrien Dec 03, 2017,
Dec 03, 2017, 0:48
Mueller has so far charged four people in his investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, most recently former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mr Flynn was the first member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 United States presidential election and possible collusion by Trump aides. Former FBI director Comey testified on Capitol Hill in June that Trump had pulled him aside and said, " 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. In apparent reference to the case, the Justice Department inspector general's office said in a statement on Saturday that it was "reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals". Three times, Trump told reporters it's been shown that there's "no collusion".
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On Saturday, before departing from the South Lawn for New York, Trump addressed Flynn's admission of guilt. "So we're very happy", he said.
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Trump reiterated in a statement Saturday that his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to influence the election and therefore Flynn had nothing to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about but did so anyway. President Donald Trump and many of his supporters have sought to discredit the investigation, in part by claiming a close relationship between Mueller and fired FBI Director James Comey and by pointing to political contributions to Democratic candidates made by some lawyers on the team. A variety of news reports say that the the transition official who told Flynn to contact other governments was Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and the president's son-in-law.
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