Trump Team Reportedly Knew Early On That Flynn Was Under Investigation

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The Times also reports that the day after Trump talked to Comey about Flynn, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked Comey to assist with pushing back against reports that during the campaign, Trump associates had been in contact with Russian intelligence officials.

President Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of the investigation into Russian meddling in the United States election, a day after his Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to manage a probe that has enveloped the White House in a political storm.

Ahead of discussions with President Donald Trump, Former FBI Director James Comey prepped with his team on ways to respond to anticipated questions so that he would not come across as confrontational during the ongoing Russian Federation probe, according to an official close to Comey. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!"

The Comey firing: Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fabricate an argument for why it was completely reasonable for the President to fire FBI Director James Comey - even in the midst of Comey's ongoing investigation. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". During his tenure as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from 2001 to 2013, he served both Republican and Democratic administrations, overseeing a shake-up of a huge bureaucracy blamed for missing evidence that could have prevented the September 11, 2001 attacks, and earning high respect from both parties. That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Sen.

"No. No. next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe.

Trump will find it much harder to distance himself from Flynn, especially in light of the revelation that he tried to get Comey to drop the investigation into him even after he was sacked by the White House.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".

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Law enforcement officials tell NBC News that both Flynn and Manafort are formally considered "subjects" of a criminal investigation, though their lawyers say they have done nothing wrong.

Capping days of political drama in Washington, Mueller's appointment came as Trump fends off a stunning series of allegations including claims he shared USA secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office.

"If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorised to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters", the order says.

Representative Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, said on CNN that Trump's dismissal of the investigation as a "witch hunt" was "unfortunate". "Knowing that Bob's in charge will make everybody feel good about it".

Trump made clear his approach to dealing with those controversies during an unusual commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy Wednesday afternoon, before the announcement that a special counsel had been named. He gave no examples.

Pence said twice, unprompted, during a Fox News interview the same day that it "was the first I'd heard" of Flynn's work for Turkey. "No politician in history - and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly". "Don't give in. Don't back down".

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