Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Did Trump Admit To Obstruction Of Justice In Latest Michael Flynn Tweet?

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Faye Gross | 03 December, 2017, 01:15

President Donald Trump is expressing no concern about the guilty plea by his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 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.

Flynn's statements about his Russian Federation contacts and his 2016 consulting work for a Turkish client both came under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

In related news, former FBI Director James Comey has also faced scrutiny for knowing the import of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, but deceiving the public about the "matter".

The president's comments come the day after his former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "There was nothing to hide!"

A person familiar with the transition's effort on the United Nations vote said it was well-known and a collaborative effort by various transition officials, including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Flynn and Kushner, adding that none of them "ordered" or "directed" the others and all were working towards the same goal of standing by Israel.

He may think changing the subject from Flynn's crimes - and bombshell reporting that Flynn plans to testify against Trump - to the GOP tax scam will be good for him, but the American people see through that, too.

GDP recovers, grows at 6.3% in July-September quarter
We should wait for the growth rates over the next 3-4 quarters before we can reach a definite conclusion. In a series of tweets, he said: "This is a pause in the declining trend of the last five quarters".


According to that same memo, Trump specifically told Comey in that conversation that Flynn had done nothing wrong.

Not only is Flynn the first person inside the Trump administration to be charged by Mueller, he also is the one individual who Trump apparently was trying to shield.

He made his comment after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a phone call he had with the former Russian ambassador. Trump instead recounted his election victory previous year and touted the early-morning Senate passage of the Republican tax plan - a rare incremental victory for a GOP-led Congress that has struggled to pass Trump's agenda thus far. "I hope you can let this go", Trump said to Comey, according to Comey's memo on the conversation. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., voting no as well.

The tax legislation now goes to a House-Senate committee, which will try to reconcile the versions passed by each chamber. And frankly, last night was one of the big nights. "Something handsome is going to come out of that mixer", Trump said. "There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy".

The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky and John Wagner contributed to this article.

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