Michael Flynn`s actions during the transition `were lawful`: Donald Trump

The court documents provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in contacting Russian officials to influence worldwide policy, and raise questions about who higher up the chain of command in Trump's orbit -possibly even including the president himself- is in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sights after he agreed to a plea deal with the retired general.

But a former Obama administration Justice Department official, Matthew Miller, said Mr Trump's tweeted response may have "admitted to obstruction of justice". "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion", Trump said, "There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy". The president has also continued his longstanding criticism of the FBI's Clinton email server investigation which Trump initially cited as his reason for firing FBI Director James Comey in May of this year.

Original post, 5:22 p.m.: So, Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to a single charge of lying to the FBI and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Flynn was booted from the White House after it became public that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"We got no democrat help and I think that's going to cost them very big in the election, because basically they voted against tax cuts", he added.

First Lady Melania Trump Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during White House Cold Open in Studio 8H on Saturday
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The plea deal marks the first time Mueller's investigation has incriminated someone who worked in the White House and who was personally close to Trump.

During his testimony to Congress in June, Comey said Trump asked him in February to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn centering on his calls with Kislyak during the transition. "I hope you can let this go".

Trump said Saturday that he's not anxious about what Flynn would disclose as part of his plea deal with Mueller's team.

The White House has disputed Mr Comey's testimony.

"No, I'm not", Trump said when asked if he was anxious about what Michael Flynn will tell investigators. According to the newspapers, federal law enforcement officials became concerned that Trump and his supporters could use the exposure of the text messages to attack the credibility of Mueller's investigation.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump also told reporters that his elections campaign was not engaged in any collusion with Russian Federation.

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