Donald Trump changes story on reasons for firing Michael Flynn

Marcus Newton
December 3, 2017

President Trump embarked on a fundraising tour through New York City on Saturday, hours after Senate Republicans delivered his agenda its most significant legislative victory to date by approving a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. Lying to the FBI is a crime, and one that Flynn acknowledged Friday in pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The filings from Flynn's plea hearing Friday say a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team asked Flynn to contact officials from UN Security Council countries, including Russian Federation, to learn where each country stood on the vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity and "to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution". "Yes, sir", the retired three star general and former military intelligence chief said when asked if he wanted to plead guilty. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. "There was nothing to hide!" "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion", Trump said, "There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy".

The investigation has dogged Mr. Trump's first year in office.

Flynn also admitted that he spoke with another member of the transition team before he talked to Kislyak about US sanctions on December 29, court records say.

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador

The president had previously maintained that he fired Flynn in February for lying to Pence. But inside a large event space in Cipriani, where a large Christmas tree stood nearby, the president turned nostalgic about the 2016 election and recalled that few people expected him to notch the required 270 electoral votes to claim the White House. The matter came up during a review that the Justice Department launched into the FBI's decision to announce an inquiry into Clinton's emails shortly before the November presidential election. Information about it was leaked to the media in January, after Trump's inauguration.

"Among federal law enforcement officials, there is great concern that exposure of the texts [Strzok and Page] exchanged may be used by the president and his defenders to attack the credibility of the Mueller probe, and the FBI more broadly", the Post wrote Saturday.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, said Saturday.

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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