Trump defends Flynn and insists there was no collusion with Russia

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(FILE) - Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, U.S. national security advisor, arrives to a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on 22 January 2017 (reissued 31 March 2017). According to media reports on 31 March 2017, Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to US President Donald J. Trump, has agreed to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees over the Trump administration's alleged campaign ties to Russia, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Trump defends Flynn and insists there was no collusion with Russia


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Donald Trump’s former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, is cooperating with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Mueller is looking into allegations of Russian ties with the Trump campaign. On Saturday the President defended Flynn, suggesting that neither the National Security advisor nor himself broke the law. However, Mr Flynn has reached a personal plea bargain for this case which, it is assumed, also extends to his son.

According to US analysts, such agreements are possible only in cases where the prosecutor evaluates the evidence presented by the prosecutor as worthy of lifting the threat of a minor charge to achieve a greater objective.

The question now being asked is what Mr. Flynn can reveal and what the body of evidence is. Speculation abounds as President Trump defends his former advisor but also suggests there is nothing to be revealed.

The President also talks of “double standards,” referring to the Mueller investigation of as the proof of “double standards” in the justice system.

However, in Tweeting about Mr. Flynn on Saturday, President Trump revealed that he knew the former general lied about his contact with Russia prior to firing him. This could add to charges of disruption of justice, as that would suggest he knew of Flynn’s ties to Russia when he asked the former FBI Director, James Comey, to drop the investigation on Flynn.

The New York Times report reporters have acquired e-mails from the Trump campaign that make clear that Mr. Flynn’s links to Russia were neither isolated nor unauthorized. Mr. Flynn has been accused of meeting with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to discuss diplomatic issues before being appointed a National Security Advisor.

Speculation as to who Mr. Flynn could embroil from the Trump campaign abounds. There is evidence to suggest that the President’s son in law may have requested from Mr. Flynn to coordinate a response against a UN Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements. 

This comes just as President Trump celebrates his first legislative triumph, passing the biggest tax reform bill since 1980 with 51-to-49 votes.

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