On Saturday via twitter, President Trump said that he had fired Michael T. Flynn, his first national security adviser, because he lied to the vice president and to the F.B.I.
"I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence, very simple. Mike [Flynn] was doing his job. He was calling countries and his counterparts. So it certainly would have been OK with me if he did it. I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn’t doing it. I didn’t direct him but I would have directed him because that’s his job," Trump said in February.
The New York Times reports that Trump's tweet was composed by his top personal lawyer, John Dowd, who was in contact with Mr. Trump on Friday and Saturday, trying to calm him after Mr. Flynn’s guilty plea.
Flynn and his son Michael Flynn jr. Have been under investigation for failing to report being paid over $67,000 by Russian companies before the presidential election, as part of the Suspected Russian collusion. In addition, The Times reports that he was forced out after a month in office over his conversations with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak.
"Well, I feel badly for General Flynn. I feel very badly. He's led a very strong life. I feel very badly," Trump said to ABC news.
According to the New York times, any admission would be important in light of Mr. Trump’s effort that to persuade the bureau’s director at the time, James B. Comey, to drop the investigation into Mr. Flynn. Skeptics are calling the legalities of possible obstruction of justice into account. The Washington Post states that legal experts said the tweet, and some of Dowd’s comments about what the president may have known, could increase the president’s legal exposure.
“It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful,” Trump said, speaking to reporters on Saturday, going against his aides advice. “There was nothing to hide!”
This is also coming off the heels of Flynn's legal team cutting off contact to the president’s legal team; a move that shows Flynn is cooperating with Muller's investigation and plea deal.
In addition to that plea deal, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is the "very senior member" of Trump's transition team who was mentioned in Flynn's plea deal court filings. This included he and Kushner's role in conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition, including one in which he urged Russia to delay or vote against a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“As far as I know there was nothing illegal there," Kushner said during an annual gathering of U.S. and Israeli leaders organized by the Brookings Institution Sunday.