Trump says there was 'no collusion' with Russia, but he fired Flynn for lying

Brian Bennett and Chris Megerian, Tribune Washington Bureau on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Saturday that he wasn't worried about what his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, might tell investigators after agreeing to a plea deal Friday.

"What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion," Trump said as he left the White House for a series of fundraising events in New York City.

In a Twitter post, Trump said he "had to fire" Flynn because the retired Army lieutenant general lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about contacts with Sergey Kislyak, who was the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his conversations in December with Kislyak.

Trump wrote it's a "shame" Flynn lied because "his actions during the transition were lawful," adding: "There was nothing to hide!"

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded or coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election.

"There's been absolutely no collusion, so we're very happy. And frankly last night was one of the big nights," Trump said, referring to the narrow passage of the Republican tax bill in the Senate.

"Now we go onto conference and something beautiful is going to come out of that mixer," he said. "People are going to be very, very happy. They're going to get tremendous, tremendous tax cuts and tax relief, and that's what this country needs."


Senate Democrats criticized Republican leaders for passing such a far-reaching bill with last-minute additions handwritten in the margins.

"Any handwriting experts out there?" Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., wrote on Twitter. He posted a photo of handwriting on the edge of the bill. "This is absurd."


(Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.)

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