Donald Trump has defended ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn’s decision to contact Russian ambassadors, calling Flynn’s move lawful, but has claimed that he “had to fire” him.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
This comes after Flynn admitted in front of a DC judge that he had lied to the FBI regarding his contacts with Russian agents. Flynn is now working with the Mueller investigation, headed and named after Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Flynn opened up about having conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, regarding American sanctions against the Russian state.
The White House has claimed that there was “no collusion” between the Trump team and Russia, and said that an Obama Administration official had approved Flynn’s call with Kislyak.
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