Trump on Michael Flynn's guilty plea: 'There's been absolutely no collusion'
- Author: Anthony Vega Dec 03, 2017,
Dec 03, 2017, 0:35
That was a turnabout from his initial explanations that Flynn had to go because he hadn't been straight with Pence about those contacts.
President Donald Trump on Saturday said he is not concerned that Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, is cooperating with a special counselor's investigation after pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI because there was "absolutely no collusion".
President Trump tweeted "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
On Twitter, the president contends that Flynn's actions during the transition following the 2016 election "were lawful". "There was nothing to hide!" Not only did a lengthy list of his own advisers make secret contact with Russian officials during the campaign, but his own family members did. However, it seems like he may be admitting to information he knew before but did not share.
Flynn resigned from his post February 13 and Comey testified before Senate Intelligence Committee that in a February 14 meeting in the White House - just a day after Flynn had left - Trump asked him to drop the investigation.
Mr Comey refused and Mr Trump fired him as well.
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.
Steve Vladeck, a CNN legal contributor and professor at the University of Texas Law School, said Trump's tweet "certainly implies that, at the time the President fired then-FBI Director Comey, he knew that Flynn had committed a felony".
Mr Pence, who served as head of Mr Trump's transition, has not publicly commented on Flynn's plea.
Before departing the White House on Saturday, Trump repeated to reporters that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian officials or representatives, though he did not elaborate on that claim.