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New White House Strategy Is Bad News for Michael Flynn

Trump's legal team reportedly ready to cast him as a liar

(Newser) - The White House is reportedly considering a shift in strategy toward Michael Flynn, and it's one that Flynn will not be happy about. The Washington Post reports that President Trump's legal team plans to cast the former national security adviser as as liar if he implicates anybody in... More »

Trump Blasts FBI Before Praising New Graduates

He also says he doesn't want to discuss a pardon of Michael Flynn, 'yet'

(Newser) - President Trump laced into FBI leadership Friday, while proclaiming his loyalty and support for law enforcement in an address at the agency's training academy. "It's a shame what's happened" with the FBI, the president said as he left the White House for a speech at the... More »

Trump: FBI Ruined Flynn, Let Clinton Go Free

He insists Hillary lied to FBI and got away with it, though Comey testified to the contrary

(Newser) - President Trump defended Michael Flynn on Monday by invoking Hillary Clinton. While speaking to reporters, the president said he felt "very badly for Flynn" and declared that the FBI treated the former national security adviser much more harshly than it did Clinton. "Hillary Clinton lied many times to... More »

Trump's Lawyer Says He Wrote Tweet That Caused Uproar

Legal experts find it hard to believe

(Newser) - President Trump's personal lawyer is claiming that he, not Trump, was the author of a legally dubious tweet sent from Trump's account Saturday. "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies."... More »

Trump's Comments on Flynn Raise More Questions

'I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI'

(Newser) - On Saturday, President Trump weighed in to reporters and on Twitter on Michael Flynn's guilty plea . Trump said that—in the wake of news Flynn is cooperating with Robert Mueller's investigation—he's not worried what his former national security adviser might disclose, CNN reports. "What has... More »

With Flynn Plea, Mueller Investigation Closes in on Trump

Pundits say Mueller could be targeting Kushner, Trump Jr., or Trump himself

(Newser) - Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI is a "significant escalation" of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration, the Washington Post reports. Flynn, as President Trump's former national security advisor, is the first person charged "who not only actually served in the White... More »

Flynn Pleads Guilty, Is Cooperating With Mueller

Former Trump official admits lying to the FBI

(Newser) - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, becoming the fourth person charged in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn admitted lying to the FBI about his conversations during the Trump transition with Russia's ambassador to the... More »

Mueller's Team Grilled Kushner About Flynn

Sources tell AP, CNN president's son-in-law was interviewed for 90 minutes earlier this month

(Newser) - President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was indeed questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a person familiar with the investigation tells the AP . The questioning of Kushner earlier this month took about 90 minutes and was aimed in part at establishing... More »

Flynn Move Could Be Ominous News for Trump

His lawyers have reportedly cut ties with Trump's legal team

(Newser) - Is former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now cooperating with Robert Mueller's special investigation? Sources tell the AP and the New York Times that Flynn's legal team has informed Trump's lawyers that they can no longer discuss the investigation with them, a move that suggests Flynn is... More »

Sources: Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plot to Abduct Cleric

Special counsel said to be investigating scheme to 'remove' Fethullah Gulen from US, bring to Turkey

(Newser) - At least two ex-members of President Trump's campaign team have been burned so far by the Mueller Russia investigation. Now, more rumblings about an ex-administration member. The Wall Street Journal Friday detailed an alleged plot that Robert Mueller is probing—one that involves Flynn and his son, Michael G.... More »

Flynn 'Rejects Request to Speak to Senate Committee'

He won't comply with subpoena, sources say

(Newser) - Michael Flynn didn't get his deal for immunity —so he's apparently not talking to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sources tell CNN that the former national security adviser, who is a key figure in investigations of alleged Russian election meddling, has rejected a second request to appear before... More »

New Mueller Moves Could Be Trouble for Manafort, Flynn

Special counsel ramps up Russia inquiry of both men

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is again making headlines, this time over two new moves involving Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. On the latter, NBC News reports that Mueller has issued subpoenas to public relations execs who worked with Manafort on an international lobbying campaign from 2012 to 2014. "... More »

Mueller Team Asks White House for Documents on Flynn

Investigators are wondering if Flynn was secretly paid by Turkish government

(Newser) - Michael Flynn made a flurry of headlines Friday and Saturday, the most pressing of which was a New York Times report that investigators working for Robert Mueller asked the White House for documents related to the ex-national security adviser. Sources say investigators have also asked witnesses if Flynn was secretly... More »

GOP Operative Who Sought Clinton Emails Kills Himself

Peter W. Smith's suicide note described ill health

(Newser) - A former private equity adviser and Republican operative who died soon after telling the Wall Street Journal he tried during the 2016 presidential election campaign to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself, according to a state death record obtained by the Chicago Tribune . The newspaper... More »

GOP Operative Implicates Flynn in Search for Clinton Emails

'We knew people who had these were probably around Russian government'

(Newser) - A longtime GOP operative claimed to be working with Michael Flynn when he reached out to hacker groups prior to the presidential election in an attempt to get emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton's private server, according to en exclusive report from the Wall Street Journal . “... More »

Putin Says He Barely Recalls Flynn From Russian Dinner

'I didn't even really talk to him'

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly's new show debuts Sunday on NBC, and she scored quite the coup for her very first interview: none other than Vladimir Putin. In an excerpt she previewed on Meet the Press, Kelly showed an exchange that might be good news for Michael Flynn on the investigative front... More »

Flynn Subpoenaed by House Panel, and He's Not Alone

House intelligence committee issued subpoena for Michael Cohen, too

(Newser) - The House intelligence committee said Wednesday it is issuing subpoenas for President Trump's ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as well as their businesses, as part of its investigation into Russian activities during last year's election. The subpoenas were part of... More »

Report: Russians Discussed How to Charm Trump Aides

US spies learned about discussions last summer: NYT

(Newser) - US spies last summer gathered that Russian intelligence officials were discussing how Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort could be used to influence Donald Trump, reports the New York Times . Russians claimed connections to Flynn, a Trump adviser, and discussed using their connections to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a close... More »

Ex-CIA Chief: Russia 'Brazenly' Interfered With Our Election

John Brennan testifies before House panel

(Newser) - Former CIA chief John Brennan left no wiggle room in one aspect of his testimony before a House panel on Tuesday: "It should be clear to everyone that Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 election process," he told the House Intelligence Committee, per the Daily Beast . But as... More »

Democrats Say Flynn May Have Lied on Background Check

Plus, he invokes the 5th amendment to rebuff subpoena in Trump-Russia probe

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia's election meddling, the AP reports. Flynn's attorneys told the Senate intelligence committee he will not turn over personal documents sought under... More »

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