President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is not anxious about what his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, might tell special counsel Robert Mueller's team as it investigates Russia's efforts to influence last year's election.
On Twitter, the president contends that Flynn's actions during the transition following the 2016 election "were lawful". Investigators have learned that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, took the lead in those efforts.
In a statement Friday, Flynn said he has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's team in its ongoing investigation into the Kremlin's attempts to influence the 2016 election, including possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
The president had previously maintained that he fired Flynn in February for lying to Pence. The New York Times and Washington Post report that the agent, Peter Strzok, as the FBI's deputy head of counterintelligence, played a major role in the investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as well as the possible links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The calls were monitored by USA intelligence agencies, and days after Trump took office in January, Flynn was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about those talks. "But the existence of the text messages is likely to fuel claims by Mr. Trump that the F.B.I. has a bias against him and that he is a target of the "deep state" - a term used to describe the notion that government intelligence agencies secretly conspire together". "So we're very happy", he said.
Speaking Saturday about Flynn's plea deal, the president reiterated that there had been no coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.
In at least one instance, prosecutors say Flynn was directed by a "very senior member" of the presidential transition team to discuss a United Nations resolution on whether to condemn Israel's building of settlements.
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador
In her testimony in May, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she alerted the White House in January that Flynn could be "essentially blackmailed by the Russians".
So far, four people have been charged as a result of Mueller's investigation.
According to the Washington Post, Peter Strzok, who was a key participant into the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was asked to step aside, according to sources.
At the time, Mr Pence said Mr Trump was justified in firing Flynn because he had lied to him.
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