Trump said in a tweet.
The retired lieutenant general admitted in a Washington court that he lied to FBI investigators about his discussions last December with Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.
Mr. Mueller’s investigators have learned through witnesses and documents that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the Trump transition team to lobby other countries to help Israel, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.
When asked by reporters if he was anxious about what Flynn might say, Trump said, “No, I’m not”. Immediately after the call, Flynn calls Kislyak and requests that he not escalate the situation.
Officials are now reviewing the communications to see if they show evidence of political bias in their work on the cases, a review which could result in a public report, according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
Yates told the panel that she had a meeting with White House Counsel Donald McGahn on January 26 to tell him that she had information that statements by Vice President Mike Pence, based on his conversations with Flynn, were false. Others said the tweet was simply Trump’s latest “self destructive” social media disaster.
Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign. According to court papers, Flynn lies to the agents about his contacts with Kislyak regarding the USA sanctions and the U.N. Security Council resolution.
Flynn resigned in February, less than a month into Trump’s term of office.
After the conversation, Pence appeared in a television interview in which he said Flynn had not discussed the issues of sanctions with Kislyak.
During that probe and the 2016 presidential election, Strzok and an Federal Bureau of Investigation colleague exchanged texts that disparaged then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and favored Clinton, his Democratic rival, the Washington Post said. Comey later says he interpreted the statement as a presidential directive. Comey has said that Trump the following day brought up the Flynn investigation in private at the White House and told him that he hoped he could “let this go”.
Strzok was reportedly reassigned to a job in the FBI’s human resources department following the discovery of the alleged texts. Trump fired Comey on May 9.
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would recommend Clinton face no charges for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
But that approach became more hard with Flynn, who was a steady presence during Trump’s campaign and was hired to become the president’s top national security aide.