Hours after he insisted there was "absolutely no collusion" with Russian Federation, the president - writing on Twitter - appeared to mourn Flynn's departure because his actions during the presidential transition "were lawful".
Trump spoke briefly to reporters as he left the White House Saturday morning - hours after Republicans passed their tax plan along party lines over night - and was asked if he was concerned what Flynn would tell the special counsel.
The court documents provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in contacting Russian officials to influence worldwide policy, and raise questions about who higher up the chain of command in Trump's orbit -possibly even including the president himself- is in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sights after he agreed to a plea deal with the retired general. Flynn was dismissed as national security adviser after it emerged he had lied about the conversations to Vice President Mike Pence. The New York Times reported Strozok exchanged messages with a colleague in reacting to news events in ways that could construed to be critical of Trump.
A plea agreement suggests that Flynn provided information to prosecutors beneficial to Mueller's investigation.
Trump told NBC News in May that "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it" and "I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". 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 global policy.
"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI", Trump said.
This means ABC's story no longer contradicts Trump officials' claims about campaign contacts with Russian Federation or suggests that Trump is being investigated personally for potential collusion acitivities. "So we're very happy", he said. @POTUS now admits he KNEW Michael Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to that same memo, Trump specifically told Comey in that conversation that Flynn had done nothing wrong. She has said she expected the White House to take action. His disappointment that the FBI, one of the last agencies to lose its good standing among the American people, had succumbed to blatant partisan politics and could no longer be trusted on points of law enforcement and investigation was palpable. and heart-breaking.
According to the Post, the politically charged text messages were exchanged between Strzok and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who worked for deputy director Andrew McCabe, in the midst of a extramarital affair during the Clinton investigation and last year's presidential campaign.
At the time, Mr Pence said Mr Trump was justified in firing Flynn because he had lied to him. When asked if he was anxious what the former national security advisor will tell the special counsel, the president responded, "No, I'm not".