After cancelling a press briefing Friday afternoon following Gen. Flynn’s decision to plead guilty to lying to the FBI during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, President Trump has spoken out about the situation for the first time.
“No, I’m not” worried about what Michael Flynn will tell investigators Trump told reporters. “What has been shown is no collusion. There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re very happy.”
Flynn has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation into Russian election hacking and alleged collusion between Trump campaign officials and Moscow, a probe which Trump has called a “witch hunt”.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters of the investigation on Saturday.
President Trump: “What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion.” Trump says he has no concerns about what Flynn might provide prosecutors. pic.twitter.com/aMkWY0607J
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On Friday, it was reported that Flynn was ready to testify against Trump, specifically regarding an incident in which Trump, as president-elect, instructed Flynn to contact the Russians. However, in a historic case of “broken telephone” and what many described as an “epic mistake”, ABC News issued a late Friday correction, technically a retraction, clarifying that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians during the transition – not during the campaign, as was previously reported. This is in no way a criminal act – instead, reaching out to foreign governments is standard practice during a transition.
Commenting on charges against Flynn, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said that the general’s guilty plea doesn’t implicate anyone else.
Following the plea, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the results of the investigation – no matter how far it could go – will not trigger Trump’s impeachment, even as ABC News reported that Flynn is allegedly ready to testify that the US president “directed him to make a contact with the Russians,” with no official confirmation following.