Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's admission about his discussions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak "leave little doubt" that he violated the federal law known as the Logan Act, according to an op-ed by two law professors.
Though the president has previously said he was thinking of "this Russia thing" when he fired Comey, Gurule said it was reasonable to infer from the weekend tweet that the dismissal of Comey was done in the hope of terminating the FBI investigation.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was "absurd" to suggest that the phone conversation could have influenced Mr Putin's decision and added that "such requests couldn't have been passed on" to him. Both the magnitude of the sanctions and the public condemnation by the president was intended to send as sharp a rebuke as possible to Russia's attack on our democracy.
Observers had assumed that Flynn was not freelancing - that he was acting in some capacity on behalf of the Trump campaign - when he was discussing delicate matters with a foreign power. The White House says Dowd wrote the tweet (his first), and some journalists are parsing the language to see if that seems plausible.
Trump tweeted Saturday: "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI". With Nixon, hush money paid, telling people to lie, destroying evidence.
I call this a "Trump tweet", rather than saying, "President Trump tweeted", because the president evidently did not write the tweet himself. Presumably, you wouldn't preemptively make these arguments unless you felt there was a chance charges are coming.
In the wake of the controversial tweet, Trump launched a fresh denial that he had pressured the former FBI director, tweeting Sunday that "I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn".
President Trump reacted to Mike Flynn's guilty plea yesterday by switching to his favorite target.
Famed legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, of Harvard University, expressed the same view on "Fox and Friends" on Monday. Everyone wants to know: Who will Mueller charge next, and with what crime? But for what? After three Hill investigations and a special counsel's probe, the allegations against Trump remain murky at best.
Donald Trump has lashed out against the FBI and Hillary Clinton in a new video posted online.
Grassley then asked for the electronic "metadata", which would include "who created the original drafts, who made the edits to the draft statement, and when those edits were made". "President, I rise to offer an amendment that from passage of this bill forward every time a GOP member cites the debt in this chamber an '80s sitcom laugh track be played'". After secretly "reassuring" Russia that it need not worry about facing consequences, the Trump administration did not deliver. "That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion". A Dec. 29 email from K.T. McFarland, a transition adviser to Trump, suggested that Russian sanctions announced by the Obama administration had been aimed at discrediting Trump's victory. The special counsel is supposed to be objective and nonpartisan, but it appears Robert Mueller's team is anything but.
Pence, who served as head of Trump's transition, has not publicly commented on Flynn's plea.
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