What did the president know and when did he know it?
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's plea deal Friday with President Donald Trump's former national security adviser signaled that Mueller is closing in on senior officials of the 2016 Trump campaign, heightening the conflict between the two leading players in America's post-election Russian Federation drama. It is not clear what the messages said, only that they were apparently conversational responses to campaign news items and were anti-Trump and supportive of Clinton.
First, Trump is incorrect that it's "been shown" that there were no collusion between his presidential campaign and the Russians during last year's election. "People are going to be very, very happy".
He added, "We'll see what happens".
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.
As part of his plea on Friday, Mr Flynn agreed to cooperate with the investigation. He has pled guilty to those lies. "Now we go on to conference, and something lovely is going to come out of that mixer". "The million-dollar question is what - or who - that is".
Doing so suggests the president knew at the time that Flynn had done something that is against the law, and therefore the investigation could not be as frivolous as he has been portraying.
Trump made his brief comments about Flynn's plea deal before flying to NY for a fundraiser later Saturday, although he spent most of his time touting the Republican tax plan, which he continued to sell as "the biggest tax cut in the history of our nation".
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Trump said he was not concerned about Flynn earlier Saturday. "If it involved collusion to hack, then Trump is in big trouble".
There have been mixed reports from the White House about how seriously Trump would consider pardons.
Patrick Cotter, a former assistant US attorney and now a white-collar defense attorney with the Chicago-based firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, said Flynn's plea is "an ominous development" for members of the Trump organization.
The texts came up during an investigation into how the FBI handled (or mishandled) the Clinton's email inquiry, which is being led by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz. Afterward, Comey said that Trump had asked him to drop the investigation into Flynn.
But now, one of Trump's closest associates is with Mueller.
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