Flynn pleads guilty to lying about Russian Federation

Flynn pleads guilty to lying about Russian Federation

Court filings say that a "senior" official in Trump's post-election transition team told him to contact officials from other governments, including Russian Federation, meaning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office will be looking at high-level aides and perhaps the president himself. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful.

On Saturday, before departing from the South Lawn for New York, Trump addressed Flynn's admission of guilt.

Trump's tweet was delivered while he was in a motorcade in midtown Manhattan heading to a fundraiser.

Vladeck added: "I can't speak to how the special counsel would view this statement, but it betrays an alarming lack of understanding of the relevant legal rules on the President's part, or of the serious legal jeopardy he could be in for actions he may wrongly believe are appropriate".

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI", Trump wrote.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump also told reporters that his elections campaign was not engaged in any collusion with Russian Federation.

The plea deal marks the first time Mueller's investigation has incriminated someone who worked in the White House and who was personally close to Trump.

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In at least one instance, prosecutors say Flynn was directed by a "very senior member" of the presidential transition team to discuss a United Nations resolution on whether to condemn Israel's building of settlements.

People in the White House and beyond are waiting to see the next steps from Mueller, and what Flynn tells him that might direct those next steps. The developments are a sign that the investigation is intensifying, and details revealed Friday provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in their contact with Russian officials to influence worldwide policy. He helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email account, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Trump said in a tweet on Saturday. Still, Trump has made clear that the probe preoccupies him and he wants it gone.

Sources told Reuters the "very senior" transition official was Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.

Trump was attending three fundraising events in NY that were expected to raise $6 million for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the president's campaign and the Republican National Committee.

The President expanded on his thoughts on Flynn as he left the fundraising event, tweeting: "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

While the mainstream media goes around in circles desperately seeking evidence of wrongdoing in the Trump administration, it turns out a scandal of major import was under their noses all along.

"Oh my god, he just admitted to obstruction of justice", former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller tweeted.

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