Did Trump Admit To Obstruction Of Justice In Latest Michael Flynn Tweet?
- Author: Wendy Palmer Dec 03, 2017,
Dec 03, 2017, 0:35
But absent from Trump's remarks - at least at the first event - was any mention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
The filings from Flynn's plea hearing Friday say a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team asked Flynn to contact officials from UN Security Council countries, including Russian Federation, to learn where each country stood on the vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity and "to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution". If today's tweet is true, he then lied to Comey to get him to drop an investigation, knowing full well Flynn had lied to the FBI.
Trump tweeted about Flynn later in the day, recalling his firing after it was revealed he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak.
A day after Flynn resigned on February 13, Trump approached former FBI director James Comey and asked him to drop the federal investigation into Flynn, Comey testified before Congress.
The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same. "So we're very happy". He was sacked in mid-February by Trump after officials said that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his phone discussions with Sergey Kislyak, at the time the Russian ambassador to the United States.
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. "I hope you can let this go". It's unclear what, if anything, Trump believes Flynn lied about, if he had nothing to hide.
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI investigator, was shuffled off to the FBI's human resources department by Mueller after the Justice Department's inspector general opened an investigation into the texts, The New York Times reported on Saturday. According to the newspapers, federal law enforcement officials became concerned that Trump and his supporters could use the exposure of the text messages to attack the credibility of Mueller's investigation.
The White House has disputed Mr Comey's testimony.
Trump said Saturday that he's not anxious about what Flynn would disclose as part of his plea deal with Mueller's team. At that time, Trump, however, did not give any definitive answer to the question of whether he would stand by his former advisor.