Key players in the Michael Flynn investigation | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Jon Howard
December 3, 2017

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

As Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Kislyak attended the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where Trump was nominated as the party's presidential candidate.

Immediately Twitter users across the board pointed to the tweet as "Exhibit A" of an obstruction of justice charge Robert Mueller should use to charge Trump during his Russian Federation collusion probe.

The president had previously maintained that he fired Flynn in February for lying to Pence. When Mr. Trump fired his F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, in May, he initially cited his handling of the Clinton email investigation as the reason for his dismissal.

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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. In court documents filed Friday, Flynn said he had conversations about those calls with officials of Trump's transition team including one senior member. "I hope you can let this go".

The trio of fundraisers was a sort of victory lap for Trump, who has long spoken animatedly about his desire to reform the tax code, especially since GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act floundered in Congress earlier this year.

"We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians", Yates told a Senate judiciary subcommittee in a high-profile hearing on Russia's meddling in the USA election. Several other Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and officials from the Justice Department also attended. Though White House officials including Pence had stated publicly that Flynn had not discussed sanctions with Kislyak, Yates has said she advised McGahn that there were factual problems with that account. Some conservatives encouraged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, saying the investigation was tainted. The White House said Comey was dismissed on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Strzok played a key role in the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the papers said. If today's tweet is true, he then lied to Comey to get him to drop an investigation, knowing full well Flynn had lied to the FBI.

Mueller was appointed special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation days later. At that time, Trump, however, did not give any definitive answer to the question of whether he would stand by his former advisor.

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