Donald Trump shrugs off Flynn guilty plea

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MNA International Desk: Donald Trump on Saturday shrugged off the bombshell news that his former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with a special prosecutor probing Russian election meddling.

As the Russia probe overshadowed his big legislative win, the Senate’s passing of landmark tax cuts, Trump again insisted he and his campaign had not colluded with Russia.

Trump also suggested he has been holding back something important regarding what he knew at the time of ex-security adviser Michael Flynn’s firing.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!” Trump tweeted Saturday.

The revelation changes the timeline of the drama in a potentially dangerous way for Trump.

At the time of Flynn’s dismissal, the White House acknowledged only that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence-not to the FBI, too-about Flynn’s discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak over sanctions imposed by then-president Barack Obama against Russia for meddling in the election.

Trump’s ties with Flynn have been under intense scrutiny since FBI director James Comey was fired by the president in May.

Comey testified under oath before a Senate panel in June that a day after Flynn’s firing, Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation into the former national security director.