President Donald Trump of the United States of America has informed that former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI and vice president over Russia’s meddling during the presidential transition.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has plead guilty to those lies,” Trump said on Twitter while he was in New York for a fundraising trip. “It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
According to American legal experts, Trump’s comment suggested he may have known Flynn lied to the FBI before he urged the FBI director not to investigate his former adviser.
A day ago, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia, and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating Moscow’s meddling in the last elections won by Trump.
Reports say Flynn admitted under a plea bargain deal in a Washington court that he lied when asked by FBI investigators about his conversations last December with Russia’s then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, just weeks before Trump took office.
Flynn is the first member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence last year’s U.S. presidential election and possible collusion by Trump aides.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has denied claims that he was leaving his post to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
When asked if there was any truth to the multiple reports about him this week, Tillerson told Reuters: “None.”
“People need to get better sources,” he said in a brief interview at the State Department ahead of a dinner to celebrate the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors awards.
Tillerson said he hoped to be at the same reception a year from now.
“I’m going to be here as long as I can be effective and get something done,” he said. “We’re getting a lot done.”
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