Trump says Flynn's actions during presidential transition were lawful

White House Transition Adviser's Emails Say Russia Threw The Election To Trump ― REPORT

Lying to the FBI is a crime, and one that Flynn acknowledged on Friday in pleading guilty and agreeing to co-operate with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

On Twitter, the president contends that Flynn's actions during the transition following the 2016 election "were lawful".

"I replied only that 'he is a good guy.'" Comey wrote, describing a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on February 14, one day after Flynn was sacked; Comey then added: "I did not say I would 'let this go'".

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

The President fired the former US Army Lieutenant General in February for misleading Vice-President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations a year ago with Russia's ambassador to the United States. This comes a day after Flynn pleaded guilty for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with Russian officials.

Flynn, a former Defense Intelligence Agency director, held his position as Trump's national security adviser only for 24 days.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb sought to distance the plea from Trump himself, saying: "Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn".

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Sources told Reuters the "very senior" transition official was Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor. Asked if he stands by his former national security adviser, Trump said, "We'll see what happens".

According to documents released by Mueller, Flynn lobbied Russian Federation to kill a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements at the behest of a "very senior" transition official that sources told CNN was Jared Kushner - Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser. Flynn accepted responsibility for his actions in a written statement, though he said he had also been subjected to false accusations.

The bill gives massive benefits to the wealthy and to corporate America while delivering mixed blessings to the rest of the country, The Post reported.

The tax legislation now goes to a House-Senate committee, which will try to reconcile the versions passed by each chamber.

Brushing aside an ongoing Russian Federation probe, President Donald Trump reveled Saturday in the Senate's passage of a sweeping tax bill, predicting with swagger that he and his fellow Republicans were "unbeatable". "So we're very happy", he said.

The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky and John Wagner contributed to this article.

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