Trump on Michael Flynn's guilty plea: 'There's been absolutely no collusion'

Former FBI Director James Comey

Michael Flynn, Trump's short-lived former national security adviser and high-profile supporter on the campaign trail, pleaded guilty Friday to a count of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Critics claimed on Saturday that President Trump inadvertently admitted to obstruction of justice as he tried to distance himself from his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A person familiar with the transition's effort on the United Nations vote said it was well-known and a collaborative effort by various transition officials, including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Flynn and Kushner, adding that none of them "ordered" or "directed" the others and all were working towards the same goal of standing by Israel.

Robert Mueller removed a top FBI counterintelligence agent from his investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling this past summer after the Justice Department's inspector general started looking into text messages he and another agent on Mueller's team may have sent expressing negative views about Donald Trump.

At the time of Flynn's dismissal, the White House acknowledged only that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about what he discussed with the ambassador - sanctions imposed by then-president Barack Obama against Russian Federation for meddling in the election.

Trump made his brief comments about Flynn's plea deal before flying to NY for a fundraiser later Saturday. His plea agreement suggests that Mr. Flynn provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

According to that same memo, Trump specifically told Comey in that conversation that Flynn had done nothing wrong.

"There's s been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy". He is a good guy.

Trump said Saturday that he's not anxious about what Flynn would disclose as part of his plea deal with Mueller's team.

In her testimony in May, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she alerted the White House in January that Flynn could be "essentially blackmailed by the Russians".

So far, four people have been charged as a result of Mueller's investigation.

According to the Post, Strzok was reportedly having an affair with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, at the time he was also helping lead the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

"No, I'm not", Trump said when asked if he was anxious about what Michael Flynn will tell investigators.

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