Trump "very happy" after Flynn plea: "There's been absolutely no collusion".


On Saturday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to admit that he fired former national security advisor Michael Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful.

Trump's tweet was delivered while he was in a motorcade in midtown Manhattan heading to a fundraiser.

At the time of Flynn's dismissal, the White House acknowledged only that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about what he discussed with the ambassador - sanctions imposed by then-president Barack Obama against Russian Federation for meddling in the election.

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While four former Trump aides have faced legal charges - including former campaign officials Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos _ none of those charges touch on a key issue: Collusion with Russian Federation as it sought to influence the election via hacking Democratic emails and pushing fake news about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In one of the conversations described in court documents, the men discussed an upcoming United Nations Security Council vote on whether to condemn Israel's building of settlements.

The development came at a particularly sensitive moment for the White House, just as Mr. Trump and Republican congressional leaders are toiling to hold together a tenuous coalition to push through a large tax cut plan.

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.

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A former Justice Department official under President Obama said Saturday that President Trump "admitted to obstruction of justice" in a tweet.

Inspector general Michael Horowitz is leading a broader examination of the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails. That unnamed aide is believed to beTrump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, according to a lawyer briefed on the matter to The New York Times.

A spokesman for Mueller's office said Strzok was removed "immediately upon learning of the allegations, " and added that Page left the Mueller team two weeks before they became aware of the allegations.

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Mr Comey refused and Mr Trump fired him as well.

Trump was greeted in NY by protesters chanting "Lock him up", a reference to the "Lock her up" rallying cry used by both Trump and Flynn during the 2016 campaign.

Trump told NBC News in May that "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it" and "I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

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According to the Post, the politically charged text messages were exchanged between Strzok and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who worked for deputy director Andrew McCabe, in the midst of a extramarital affair during the Clinton investigation and last year's presidential campaign.

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