A recent tweet by President Trump on Saturday has raised new questions about whether he obstructed justice concerning a request he made in February during a private meeting with then FBI Director James Comey to end the FBI investigation of the Michael Flynn, a former National Security Adviser to President Trump, who was fired after working in the White House less than a month because he lied to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians.
On Saturday President Trump added to the mix that he had to fire General Flynn because he also had lied to the FBI, a new admission by the President suggesting that he was fully aware Flynn had lied to the FBI and was facing legal trouble.
President Trump tweeted on Saturday morning,
“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!”
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
If President Trump knew that Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI and was facing some future legal problems that could have been one of his primary motives for meeting with then FBI Director James Comey behind a closed door in February when he requested that he pledge his loyalty and end the FBI investigation of Flynn, a claim that Comey testified about in June.
This new twist suggests President Trump was interfering with a federal investigation and might be complicit for obstruction of justice.
President Trump later fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017.
Nearly a week later on May 17,2017 Robert Mueller was appointed by acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as Special Counsel in the Russian probe that included a close examination of Michael Flynn’s Russian contacts.
On Friday Michael Flynn pled guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about him asking then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on or around December 29th to refrain from escalating the political situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed on Russia on the same day.
Flynn falsely told FBI agents that he did not recall the Russian Ambassador Kislyak subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.
Flynn also falsely told FBI agents that he didn’t ask Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution and the Russian Ambassador subsequently never described to Flynn Russia’s response to his request.
Trump Tries To Pivot Away From Flynn Controversy By Attacking Hillary Clinton
President Trump is now trying to pivot away from the Flynn investigation and falsely accused “Crooked Hillary” of lying to the FBI about the use of her private server, a new claim which former FBI Director James Comey testified never even occurred during his June testimony.
“We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI” Comey said.
Despite Comey’s testimony exonerating Hillary Clinton, President Trump tweeted on Saturday evening,
” So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times…. and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?”
So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times…and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
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