Russia hits back over 'completely absurd' Flynn allegations

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

07 Diciembre, 2017

Dowd told the Washington Post that the tweet was sloppily worded and that it's inaccurate to say the president knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI. That conversation "appears to be a less egregious Logan Act violation-because it was not an effort to 'defeat' Obama administration policy-but it too falls within the act's prohibition on trying to influence a foreign government in a dispute with the United States", the law professors say. The following month, Flynn resigned and admitted that he had provided "incomplete information" about his dealings with the Russian envoy to Vice President Mike Pence.

While many Republicans called for Moore to drop out of the race after several women came out with their stories, Trump has defended him, saying that Moore denied the accounts and deserved to be heard.

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI". He has pled guilty to those lies.

Shapiro said this is playing out in Alabama, where large numbers of voters do not believe the child molestation allegations against Roy Moore because of an overall distrust of the media. Of the cases I was involved with, the only time a PNG was approved was when allowing the spy to remain would have resulted in actual physical harm to a U.S. person. Nevertheless, it is obviously a more serious matter for a president to urge the dropping of a case against a friend known to have committed a crime rather than merely suspected of having done so.

Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey's earlier draft language describing Clinton's actions as "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless", the sources said.

"Even if we assume that Trump knew that Flynn lied to the FBI, Trump had the right to weigh in on the investigation", he said.

Trump fired Comey in May, leading to Mueller's appointment. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday it was "absurd" to suggest that the phone conversation could have influenced Putin's decision and added that "such requests couldn't have been passed on" to him.

The Supreme Court will allow full enforcement for now of Trump's latest version of a travel ban on residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

One would think that no one would grasp this distinction more firmly than the president's own lawyer, whose job is to defend Trump against being implicated - not to issue tweets that tend in the opposite direction.

The White House last week referred questions about Flynn to outside counsel Ty Cobb, who described Flynn as "a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump administration, and a former Obama administration official". He also told Axios: "The tweet did not admit obstruction". However, the power to impeach resides with the House of Representatives, and Gingrich voted as a congressman to impeach Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice.

The president's aides and legal advisers have scrambled for 48 hours to explain a presidential tweet that raised the specter of obstruction.

K.T. McFarland, of Park Avenue and Southampton, didn't last much longer than Flynn on Trump's National Security Council.

The fight over the highly contested Senate seat, which became vacant when Trump tapped Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, comes at a time when sexual misconduct has become a national discussion.

For his part, Trump on Monday expressed sympathy for Flynn.

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