Trump on Michael Flynn's guilty plea: 'There's been absolutely no collusion'

Trump swept into his hometown on a $6 million fundraising blitz, a day after former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and promised co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

It marked a major moment in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling and potential collusion by members of Trump's campaign. He has pled guilty to those lies.

The Clinton investigation formally ended in July 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would recommend Clinton face no charges for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

"No I'm not", Trump said in his first public remarks on the plea deal. The New York Times reported Strozok exchanged messages with a colleague in reacting to news events in ways that could construed to be critical of Trump. "Very simple." Now, President Donald Trump is claiming he knew that Flynn had also lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials before he was inaugurated.

Flynn also admitted that he spoke with another member of the transition team before he talked to Kislyak about USA sanctions on December 29, court records say.

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A person familiar with the transition's effort on the United Nations vote said it was well-known and a collaborative effort by various transition officials, including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Flynn and Kushner, adding that none of them "ordered" or "directed" the others and all were working towards the same goal of standing by Israel.

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.

Inspector general Michael Horowitz is leading a broader examination of the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails.

Flynn was also told by a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team to contact Russian Federation and other foreign governments to try to influence them ahead of the vote, the prosecutors said.

The president added that "no collusion" has been shown and reiterated, "There's been absolutely no collusion so we're very happy".

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Flynn was charged on Thursday with one count of lying about his private discussions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, regarding USA sanctions being imposed on Moscow by the government of then president Barack Obama.

It has been reported that the official was Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, but Kushner's lawyer is yet to respond to the allegation.

Mr Comey refused and Mr Trump fired him as well. "Now we go on to conference, and something lovely is going to come out of that mixer".

As Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Kislyak attended the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where Trump was nominated as the party's presidential candidate.

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