Trump's Lawyer: POTUS Knew Flynn Likely Lied To FBI About Russia Call

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In his capacity as part of Donald Trump's transition team, following Trump's victory in last November's presidential election, Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI over the nature of his contact with the Russian diplomat.

Moreover, the integrity of Mueller's investigation is severely compromised since his team is stacked with Democratic donors and former Obama lawyers. And one of the advisers, who speaks to Trump regularly, said the president had not discussed with him the possibility of issuing any pardons.

"We can safely assume Mueller is primarily scrutinizing President Trump with an eye toward making a case of obstructing an FBI investigation", Andrew McCarthy writes in National Review. The "president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case", Dowd told Axios.

"Flynn could never ask Sergey Kislyak for anything, and furthermore these requests could never be passed on to the President of Russia, this is completely absurd".

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI", Trump tweeted. With Nixon, hush money paid, telling people to lie, destroying evidence. Presumably, you wouldn't preemptively make these arguments unless you felt there was a chance charges are coming.

Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey's earlier draft language describing Clinton's actions as "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless", the sources said. By secretly sabotaging a measure designed to protect America's sovereignty in the face of a foreign attack, these individuals acted against the interest of the United States and aided our adversary. Mueller is a close friend or James Comey, whom President Trump fired.

In Yates's testimony, she pointedly stated that she had declined to tell White House Counsel Don McGahn about how Flynn's interview had gone. The deal, which must be approved by antitrust regulators, has CVS Health Corp. paying $207 in cash and stock for each share of Aetna Inc.

He tweeted: "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?"

Grassley then asked for the electronic "metadata", which would include "who created the original drafts, who made the edits to the draft statement, and when those edits were made".

"I was with the president on Saturday all day, frankly, and I know that what he said is correct", Conway continued, referring to Dowd.

Such a request to an FBI director has been described as obstruction of justice by some legal scholars.

The tweet did not admit obstruction. Even if congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were to find no other collusion during the campaign itself - and some is already known - shenanigans during the transition weakened U.S. power. A Dec. 29 email from K.T. McFarland, a transition adviser to Trump, suggested that Russian sanctions announced by the Obama administration had been aimed at discrediting Trump's victory.

Pence, who served as head of Trump's transition, has not publicly commented on Flynn's plea.

Comey had been conducting an FBI investigation into the allegations of Russian meddling in the election when he was abruptly dismissed by Trump.

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