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December 18 2017, 02:51 | Perry Erickson
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U.S. President Donald Trumpsaid on Saturday the actions of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn after the 2016 election were "lawful".
Hours after he insisted there was "absolutely no collusion" with Russian Federation, the president - writing on Twitter - appeared to mourn Flynn's departure because his actions during the presidential transition "were lawful". Investigators have learned that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, took the lead in those efforts.
Trump's tweet was delivered while he was in a motorcade in midtown Manhattan heading to a fundraiser.
It is now moving closer to the Oval Office itself as Flynn has agreed to cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
He was forced to resign after he was found to have misled vice president Mike Pence about his discussions with Kislyak.
"What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion", Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Saturday for fundraising events in New York City.
Court documents said that Flynn spoke to Kislyak about a then-pending United Nations Security Council meeting on whether to condemn Israel's building of settlements.
Flynn, who was once floated as a possible running mate for Trump, also admitted top transition officials helped coordinate his Kislyak contacts and were briefed on their conversations.
There have been mixed reports from the White House about how seriously Trump would consider pardons. Asked if he stands by his former national security adviser, Trump said, "We'll see what happens".
Inspector general Michael Horowitz is leading a broader examination of the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails. The developments are a sign that the investigation is intensifying, and details revealed Friday provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in their contact with Russian officials to influence global policy. 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. Mr. Trump seriously entertained the idea but ultimately backed down.
Trump had been largely silent Friday as the Russian Federation probe dominated the news cycle.
White House aides say Trump has used no improper influence to stop the investigations. "Something attractive is going to come out of that mixer", Trump said.
Shaub later added, "Tell us, @realDonaldTrump, did you know Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when Counsel to the President Don McGahn snubbed Yates as she tried to warn the White House Flynn had been compromised?"