The POTUS Donald Trump defended his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Saturday, saying that the basis of a special prosecutor’s actions against the former general were “lawful” and above board — even as he acknowledged Flynn had lied to the FBI.
The reporters asked him just before departing for New York if he was worried about what Flynn might say, Trump said, “No, I’m not. And what has been shown is no collusion. No collusion. There has been absolutely no collusion. So we’re very happy.”
He later tweeted that Flynn’s lies were a “shame,” given his actions were “lawful” and he had “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
The retired US Army lieutenant general admitted in a Washington court that he lied to FBI investigators about his discussions last December with Kislyak. In what appeared to be moves undermining the policies of outgoing President Barack Obama, the pair discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia, and Flynn asked Kislyak to help delay a United Nations vote seen as damaging to Israel, according to prosecutors.
Flynn’s guilty plea represents a major milestone in Mueller’s probe into alleged collusions between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.
The retired general is the first person to have held a Trump administration positions to be brought down by Mueller and his team of investigators.