Critics Find Fault With Trump's Tweet On Firing Flynn

Critics Find Fault With Trump's Tweet On Firing Flynn

President Donald Trump's tweet on Saturday about firing Michael Flynn from his position as national security adviser is getting a lot of attention from critics — with some calling it a possible admission of obstruction of justice.

According to CNN, Trump tweeted about Flynn's Friday guilty plea, in which the former national security adviser said he lied to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak during the transition and disclosed that he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI," Trump wrote in this tweet. "He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!"

The President's tweet was met with shock and disbelief, as it suggests he may have known Flynn lied to the FBI before he urged FBI director James Comey not to investigate his former adviser, adds the Mirror.

But legal experts noted that it was unclear from the tweeted comment exactly what the president knew when.

Former Obama administration Justice Department official Matthew Miller said that President Trump "admitted to obstruction of justice" in his tweet.

Miller added: "Never tweet. Especially if you’re going to tweet an admission to a crime."

Flynn claims members of Trump's inner circle were closely involved with his contact with Vladimir Putin's country during the 2016 White House campaign. Flynn campaigned for Trump during the Republican's successful campaign and then served as his first national security adviser once the billionaire came to power.

But he was forced to resign after he was found to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia's then-ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

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