President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that despite the rumors and claims, he did not ask former FBI Director James Comey to cease his investigation on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump said, “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn,” and added, “Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Comey was fired in May by the president. The very next month he testified before congress and claimed that Trump forced him to end his investigation into Flynn. However, Trump’s lawyers disputed those claims.
Think about it: if Trump had something like that to hide, why would he fire the very person who would speak about it? He wouldn’t. Just like the old saying goes, “Keep your friends close and your enemies.”
Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his conversations during the presidential transition with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. about sanctions related to the Kremlin’s election interference. He became the first person to have held a position in the Trump administration to be charged by the special counsel.
Trump in an apparent shift on Saturday tweeted that he had to fire Flynn as national security adviser because the retired Army general lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Trump tweeted, “It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
Two sources familiar with that tweet, however, told The Washington Post on Saturday that John Dowd, Trump’s personal lawyer, had crafted that tweet.
After Flynn was fired, Trump said in February that “I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence. Very simple.”
Some legal experts have speculated that if Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI and then asked Comey to drop the investigation, it could amount to obstruction of justice.
“This is a pretty substantial confession to essential knowledge elements of an obstruction of justice charge,” National Security Fellow Susan Hennessey tweeted.
Democrats are trying really hard to make something out of nothing.
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