Trump tweets he fired Michael Flynn because Flynn lied to the vice president and the FBI — which could play into a case of obstruction of justice against him.
President Donald Trump in a tweet on Saturday said he fired his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn because Flynn lied to the vice president — and the FBI.
If that is indeed the case, that means Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI when he asked FBI Director James Comey to drop his inquiry into Flynn and then fired Comey when he failed to do so.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump said in a midday tweet. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
Flynn on Friday agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which is the biggest development yet in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Flynn resigned on February 13 as Trump’s top national security adviser after it came to light that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about discussing Russian sanctions in calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Trump met with then-FBI Director Comey in the Oval Office the next day and asked him to talk about Flynn, according to a Read More Here