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trump alters story on why he fired flynn


washington — president donald trump changed his story saturday on why he fired michael flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting he knew at the time that flynn had lied to the fbi as well as to vice president mike pence about his contacts with russians during the presidential transition.that was a turnabout from his initial explanations that flynn had to go because he hadn't been straight with pence about those contacts. lying to the fbi is a crime, and one that flynn acknowledged friday in pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's russia investigation.trump's tweet: "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. the






in tweet, trump alters story on why he fired flynn as national security adviser


president donald trump changed his story saturday on why he fired michael flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting he knew at the time that flynn had lied to the fbi as well as to vice president mike pence about his contacts with russians during the presidential transition.that was a turnabout from his initial explanations that flynn had to go because he hadn't been straight with pence about those contacts. lying to the fbi is a crime, and one that flynn acknowledged friday in pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's russia investigation.trump's tweet: "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 nothin






former trump security adviser flynn admits turkey lobbying


washington (ap) — president donald trump’s former national security adviser, michael flynn, who was fired from the white house last month, has registered as a foreign agent with the justice department for work that may have aided the turkish government in exchange for $530,000.flynn’s lawyer said in paperwork that he was voluntarily registering for work that “could be construed to have principally benefited the republic of turkey.”flynn’s consulting firm, flynn intel group inc., previously disclosed to congress its work for a company owned by a turkish businessman. but it had not filed with the justice department, which requires more extensive transparency. the new filings show flynn’s firm was paid $530,000.trump fired flynn last month for misleading key administration officials about his






the latest: obama said to have warned trump about flynn


washington — the latest on the congressional probe into russia in the 2016 election (all times local):11:30 a.m.president barack obama warned donald trump against hiring michael flynn as national security adviser in the days after the 2016 election.that's according to three former obama administration officials.the warning came during an oval office meeting between obama and trump after the republican's victory. flynn had been fired by the obama administration as the head of the military's intelligence branch.trump ultimately tapped flynn as national security adviser, but fired him after less than a month. the white house says flynn was fired for misleading top officials about his contacts with russia's ambassador to the united states.trump has both defended flynn and blamed the obama admi






mike flynn probably regrets this interview


michael flynn is probably regretting an interview he gave to nbc in september 2016. flynn lasted just over a month as president donald trump’s national security adviser before he was fired in february for failing to disclose talks he held with russia’s ambassador to the united states on sanctions on moscow. according to reports, flynn has…






trump says there was 'no collusion' with russia, but he fired flynn for lying


dogged by signs that prosecutors are zeroing in on his inner circle, president trump insisted saturday he wasn’t worried about what his former national security advisor, michael t. flynn, may tell investigators after agreeing to a plea deal friday.“what has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” trump told reporters as he left the white house for a series of fundraising events in new york city.in a tweet, 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 russia’s then-ambassador in washington, sergey kislyak.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 lawfu






fired trump aide michael flynn's immunity bid 'momentous'


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr flynn "has a story to tell," his lawyer says the house intelligence committee's top democrat says a request by the fired us national security adviser for immunity to testify to the panel is "momentous".representative adam schiff said they were interested in hearing michael flynn's evidence, but it was too early to shield him from any prosecution.two congressional committees and the fbi are investigating alleged russian meddling in the us election.mr flynn's ties with russia have been under scrutiny.the retired army lieutenant general was sacked in february after misleading the white house about a conversation he had with the moscow ambassador shortly after the election.on thursday night, his lawyer said in a statement that his client "has a story to t






fired trump aide michael flynn's immunity bid 'momentous'


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr flynn "has a story to tell," his lawyer says the house intelligence committee's top democrat says a request by the fired us national security adviser for immunity to testify to the panel is "momentous".representative adam schiff said they were interested in hearing michael flynn's evidence, but it was too early to shield him from any prosecution.two congressional committees and the fbi are investigating alleged russian meddling in the us election.mr flynn's ties with russia have been under scrutiny.the retired army lieutenant general was sacked in february after misleading the white house about a conversation he had with the moscow ambassador shortly after the election.on thursday night, his lawyer said in a statement that his client "has a story to t






fired trump aide michael flynn's immunity bid 'momentous'


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr flynn "has a story to tell," his lawyer says the house intelligence committee's top democrat says a request by the fired us national security adviser for immunity to testify to the panel is "momentous".representative adam schiff said they were interested in hearing michael flynn's evidence, but it was too early to shield him from any prosecution.two congressional committees and the fbi are investigating alleged russian meddling in the us election.mr flynn's ties with russia have been under scrutiny.the retired army lieutenant general was sacked in february after misleading the white house about a conversation he had with the moscow ambassador shortly after the election.on thursday night, his lawyer said in a statement that his client "has a story to t






fired trump aide michael flynn's immunity bid 'momentous'


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr flynn "has a story to tell," his lawyer says the house intelligence committee's top democrat says a request by the fired us national security adviser for immunity to testify to the panel is "momentous".representative adam schiff said they were interested in hearing michael flynn's evidence, but it was too early to shield him from any prosecution.two congressional committees and the fbi are investigating alleged russian meddling in the us election.mr flynn's ties with russia have been under scrutiny.the retired army lieutenant general was sacked in february after misleading the white house about a conversation he had with the moscow ambassador shortly after the election.on thursday night, his lawyer said in a statement that his client "has a story to t






trump tweet suggests he knew flynn lied to fbi when he fired him


with michael flynn working with prosecutors on the russia investigation, trump's critics are reviving a familiar watergate-era question.        






sally yates testifies to congress about michael flynn


washington (ap) — the latest on the congressional probe into russia in the 2016 election (all times local):1:30 p.m.the white house says former president barack obama made it clear to donald trump that he “wasn’t exactly a fan” of michael flynn.white house spokesman sean spicer said monday that flynn was an outspoken critic of obama’s “lack of strategies.” spicer said that if obama “was seriously concerned” about flynn’s connections to russia or other foreign countries, he should have withheld flynn’s security clearance. flynn served under obama as defense intelligence chief but was later dismissed.responding to a question over whether obama voiced concerns over trump’s choice of flynn for his national security adviser, spicer said he would not disclose the details of the meeting.flynn was






michael flynn heard u.s. secrets from cia chief despite concerns about flynn


cia director mike pompeo briefed former national security adviser michael flynn on sensitive issues during flynn's time in the position and during the transition, despite concerns about flynn held by law enforcement and the intelligence community, cbs news justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues reports. the new york times was the first to report on the flynn briefings.   for weeks, officials with knowledge of the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election and whether president trump's campaign representatives had colluded with the russians were wary about who they were briefing. mr. trump fired flynn on feb. 13 after, the administration says, flynn misled vice president mike pence about his contacts with russian officials.flynn was among the most pre






michael flynn heard u.s. secrets form cia chief despite concerns about flynn


cia director mike pompeo briefed former national security adviser michael flynn on sensitive issues during flynn's time in the position and during the transition, despite concerns about flynn held by law enforcement and the intelligence community, cbs news justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues reports. the new york times was the first to report on the flynn briefings.   for weeks, officials with knowledge of the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election and whether president trump's campaign representatives had colluded with the russians were wary about who they were briefing. mr. trump fired flynn on feb. 13 after, the administration says, flynn misled vice president mike pence about his contacts with russian officials.flynn was among the most pre






the latest: white house says obama wasn't 'a fan' of flynn


washington — the latest on the congressional probe into russia in the 2016 election (all times local):1:30 p.m.the white house says former president barack obama made it clear to donald trump that he "wasn't exactly a fan" of michael flynn.white house spokesman sean spicer said monday that flynn was an outspoken critic of obama's "lack of strategies." spicer said that if obama "was seriously concerned" about flynn's connections to russia or other foreign countries, he should have withheld flynn's security clearance. flynn served under obama as defense intelligence chief but was later dismissed.responding to a question over whether obama voiced concerns over trump's choice of flynn for his national security adviser, spicer said he would not disclose the details of the meeting.flynn was aske






trump tweets from motorcade he fired flynn for lying to pence, fbi


president donald trump says he had to fire his former national security adviser, michael flynn, because of his lies to vice president mike pence and the fbi.on twitter, the president contends that flynn's actions during the transition following the 2016 election "were lawful." trump adds, "there was nothing to hide!"trump's tweet was delivered while he was in a motorcade in midtown manhattan heading to a fundraiser. it's his most substantial reaction to the guilty plea by flynn on friday as part of the investigation led by special counsel robert mueller.before leaving the white house for new york city, trump told reporters there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the russians.






watch rob reiner destroy trump for blaming his michael flynn woes on obama


appearing on msnbc’s am joy, director and advocate rob reiner unloaded on president donald trump for trying to blame his michael flynn woes on former president barack obama.asked by host reid if the white house was dealing in “obfuscation,” reiner launched into an attack on trump and his enablers.“the truth ultimately will come out. it may take awhile and it is a confusing story, but let’s make no mistake about it,” reiner began.  “this man who is the head of our country is a pathological liar and everybody around him is lying. there’s no way to other way to look at this thing.”“not only did we know about michael flynn, there were a number of articles, there was a letter written by the house oversight committee,” he continued as he began to warm up. “it was well-known what michael flynn wa






obama 'warned trump' about hiring michael flynn


image copyrightgetty imagesbarack obama warned newly elected president donald trump against hiring michael flynn as national security adviser, us media report.mr obama warned his successor less than 48 hours after the november election during a conversation in the oval office, former obama officials said. mr flynn's contacts with a russian ambassador are expected to come up in a senate hearing on monday.he was fired as national security adviser for concealing these contacts.mr flynn, a retired army lieutenant-general, misled the trump administration about discussing us sanctions against russia with the country's ambassador, sergei kislyak, before the inauguration. he was fired in february. a senior white house official confirmed to nbc news that mr obama "made the president aware he was no






trump told michael flynn to ‘stay strong’ just weeks before firing fbi director


president donald trump told former national security adviser michael flynn to “stay strong” just weeks before the president fired fbi director james comey.yahoo’s michael isikoff reported on thursday that flynn revealed the message from trump to a small group of supporters at a restaurant in northern virginia on april 25.“i just got a message from the president to stay strong,” flynn reportedly told the loyalists as he was finishing dinner.the message from trump came the same day that house oversight committee chairman jason chaffetz (r-ut) and ranking member elijah cummings (d-ma) asserted in a press conference that flynn had not disclosed payments from russia and turkey when he filed paperwork to renew his security clearance.just weeks later, trump fired comey. it was later revealed that






report: trump asked comey to shut down flynn investigation


washington — the white house is disputing a report that president donald trump asked former fbi director james comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser michael flynn.the new york times says trump made the request to comey during a february meeting. the newspaper cites a memo comey wrote following the meeting.trump fired comey last week.the white house says the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and mr. comey." the white house says that while the president has repeatedly expressed his view that flynn is a "decent man," he has never asked comey or anyone else to end any investigations involving him.flynn was fired after misleading top white house officials about his contacts with russia.






republican stuns cnn’s cuomo with claim trump told comey to drop flynn probe to


cnn host chris cuomo expressed bewilderment on thursday when rep. jim jordan (r-oh) insisted that president donald trump was only trying to “get the truth” by asking former fbi director james comey to drop his bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn.during his interview with cuomo, jordan insisted that trump only wanted comey to publicly state that trump wasn’t currently under investigation by the fbi, and thus “get the truth” out to the public.however, cuomo pointed out that trump did things that were much more troubling than simply asking comey to confirm that he wasn’t under investigation.“what does that have to do with him asking for loyalty, asking to end the flynn probe, and asking him if he wants his job?” cuomo asked.“because he wants the american






cia chief briefed michael flynn despite intel community concerns about him


cia director mike pompeo briefed former national security adviser michael flynn on sensitive issues during flynn's time in the position and during the transition, despite concerns about flynn held by law enforcement and the intelligence community, cbs news justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues reports. the new york times was the first to report on the flynn briefings.   for weeks, officials with knowledge of the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election and whether president trump's campaign representatives had colluded with the russians were wary about who they were briefing. mr. trump fired flynn on feb. 13 after, the administration says, flynn misled vice president mike pence about his contacts with russian officials.flynn was among the most pre






obama warned trump about flynn, ex-administration officials say


washington - the latest on the congressional probe into russia in the 2016 election (all times local):11:30 a.m.most popular nation storiespresident barack obama warned donald trump against hiring michael flynn as national security adviser in the days after the 2016 election.that's according to three former obama administration officials.the warning came during an oval office meeting between obama and trump after the republican's victory. flynn had been fired by the obama administration as the head of the military's intelligence branch.nationsource: yates to testify on warning white house on flynntrump ultimately tapped flynn as national security adviser, but fired him after less than a month. the white house says flynn was fired for misleading top officials about his contacts with russia'






cnn panel goes off the rails as april ryan slams jason miller for blaming obama


as the news cycle remains dominated by revelations from sally yates and james clappers’ senate judiciary hearing, two guests on a cnn panel sparred over whether the scandal surrounding disgraced adviser michael flynn could be blamed on president barack obama or donald trump.while discussing flynn, jason miller, who acted as communications director for donald trump’s transition team, said on anderson cooper’s panel that if obama had seen something “so untoward” in flynn, he should have made that information public.in response, longtime white house correspondent april ryan interrupted by saying “he fired him,” referencing the fact that obama’s administration fired flynn from the defense intelligence agency in 2014. miller then claimed that obama didn’t want flynn in trump’s administration be






senate intelligence committee subpoenas flynn documents


the senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former trump national security adviser michael flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into russia's election meddling.sen. richard burr, the republican chairman, and sen. mark warner, the committee's democratic vice chairman, say the panel had first requested the documents from flynn on april 28. they say flynn's lawyer declined to cooperate with the request.flynn was fired by trump after less than a month on the job. the white house said he misled vice president mike pence and other top officials about his communications with russia's ambassador to the united states.flynn's russia ties are also being scrutinized by the fbi as it investigates whether trump's campaign was involved in russia's election interference.






fired trump aide michael flynn wants immunity to testify on russia allegations


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr flynn "has a story to tell", his lawyer says president donald trump's ex-national security adviser, michael flynn, wants immunity to testify on alleged russian election meddling, his lawyer says.robert kelner says his client "has a story to tell", but needs to guard against "unfair prosecution".mr trump said that mr flynn was right to ask for immunity, accusing democrats of orchestrating a "witch hunt".congress is investigating the allegations, with one senator warning of kremlin "propaganda on steroids".mr flynn was sacked in february after misleading the white house about his conversations with a russian envoy.his links to russia are being scrutinised by the fbi and the house and senate intelligence committees, as part of wider investigations into c






michael flynn won't hand over his documents, source says


by chad daywashington (ap) — former national security adviser michael flynn will invoke his fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a senate panel that he won’t hand over documents in the probe into russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.the notification will come in a letter to the senate intelligence committee expected later monday. the person providing details spoke on condition anonymity in order to discuss private interactions between flynn and the committee.flynn’s decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for flynn’s personal documents.legal experts have said flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of






flynn will invoke 5th amendment, source says


former national security adviser michael flynn will invoke his 5th amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a senate panel that he won't hand over documents in the probe into russia's meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.the notification will come in a letter to the senate intelligence committee expected later monday. the person providing details spoke on condition anonymity in order to discuss private interactions between flynn and the committee.flynn's decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for flynn's personal documents.legal experts have said flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of his constitutional protections






comey memo says trump asked him to drop fbi investigation of michael flynn


the white house on tuesday confronted what could be the most serious allegation to date against president trump — reports that in february he asked the fbi director, james b. comey, to drop an investigation of the president’s former national security advisor.comey, who was fired by trump last week, wrote a memo shortly after the oval office encounter on feb. 14 to make a record of trump’s words, according to a close associate of his who had read the document and described it in an interview.comey wrote several other memos describing encounters with trump that he found troubling, the associate said.“i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting flynn go,” trump told comey, referring to the fbi investigation of michael flynn, according to the memo. “he is a good guy. i hop






morning joe panel asks why trump is risking presidency for flynn


a “morning joe” panel discussed the continuing revelations of ties between the trump campaign and russia — and pointed to disgraced national security adviser mike flynn as the nexus of the ongoing scandal.“the ghost of michael flynn hangs over this white house,” said msnbc’s willie geist, filling in for hosts joe scarborough and mika brzezinski.democrats on the senate intelligence committee, which is investigating trump’s ties to russia, have suggested that flynn may be cooperating with the fbi, which has been conducting its own investigation for nearly a year.“one of the great mysteries that continues to be at the center of this entire story, upon which the future and the fate of the trump presidency may hang, is, what is it that donald trump fears about michael flynn?” said msnbc’s john






trump says he didn't know michael flynn in 2015, which is a big fucking lie


president donald trump giving an interview to lester holt of nbc news on may 11, 2017 where trump claimed he didn’t know michael flynn in 2015, which is a lie (nbc news/youtube/screenshot)last night, president trump spoke with lester holt in an interview for nbc news. it’s truly a jaw-dropping conversation for a number of reasons, but there’s one important lie that everyone seems to have missed. trump said that he didn’t know michael flynn in 2015. this simply isn’t true.advertisementlester holt: did you know that [flynn] had received payments from the russian government, that he had received payments from the turkish government?donald trump: no, but obama perhaps knew, because he had clearance from the obama administration, and this is something they never want to report. he had clearance






michael flynn would have required additional vetting under trump than what spice


ret. gen. michael flynn’s position as the national security advisor would have required additional vetting for his top secret clearance, but it’s unclear if president donald trump’s administration did it. thursday, white house press secretary sean spicer blamed former president barack obama’s administration for giving a security clearance to flynn but flynn’s top clearance was revoked when he was fired in 2015. any additional access would have come at the request of trump or never happened at all.cnn’s jim sciutto reported that flynn was warned to stop taking foreign money, but he didn’t. he also revealed that flynn would have received additional vetting in his new position. “the most senior national security officials go through additional vetting when they take positions in the white hou






source says michael flynn to invoke 5th amendment – the denver post


washington — former national security adviser michael flynn will invoke his fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a senate panel that he won’t hand over documents in the probe into russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.the notification will come in a letter to the senate intelligence committee expected later monday. the person providing details spoke on condition anonymity in order to discuss private interactions between flynn and the committee.flynn’s decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for flynn’s personal documents.legal experts have said flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of his constitution






fired trump aide michael flynn 'wants immunity' to testify


image copyrightreuterspresident donald trump's fired national security adviser reportedly wants immunity to testify at hearings into alleged russian election meddling.michael flynn's lawyer says his client "has a story to tell", but needs to guard against "unfair prosecution".the senate opened its hearing earlier, with one member warning of kremlin "propaganda on steroids".mr flynn was sacked in february after misleading the white house about his conversations with a russian envoy.his links to russia are being scrutinised by the fbi and the house and senate intelligence committees. "general flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit," said his attorney, robert kelner.he said he would not comment on his discussions with congressio






fired trump aide michael flynn 'wants immunity' to testify


image copyrightreuterspresident donald trump's fired national security adviser reportedly wants immunity to testify at hearings into alleged russian election meddling.michael flynn's lawyer says his client "has a story to tell", but needs to guard against "unfair prosecution".the senate opened its hearing earlier, with one member warning of kremlin "propaganda on steroids".mr flynn was sacked in february after misleading the white house about his conversations with a russian envoy.his links to russia are being scrutinised by the fbi and the house and senate intelligence committees. "general flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit," said his attorney, robert kelner.he said he would not comment on his discussions with congressio






putin: 'have you all lost your senses over there?'


washington – russian president vladimir putin said he barely interacted with michael flynn, who was fired this year as white house national security adviser, at a dinner in moscow in 2015. the two sat next to each other.putin spoke about flynn in an interview conducted in moscow on friday with nbc's megyn kelly, which was broadcast sunday night.the russian leader said that at the anniversary party for russian tv network rt in december 2015, his interactions with flynn were brief and superficial.flynn, a retired u.s. army lieutenant general and former director of the defense intelligence agency, was paid $45,000 to speak at the event."when i came to the event for our company, russia today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side," putin said. photos s






'astronauts' start 8-month mars simulation in hawaii


another long-term space simulation is underway at the mauna loa volcano in hawaii, where six crewmembers entered a small, isolated dome jan. 19 as a part of the hi-seas mission. this is the fifth iteration of hi-seas, also known as the hawai'i space exploration analog and simulation. nasa is funding this mission and a sixth mission, scheduled for 2018, for $1 million. for the next eight months, crewmembers will simulate a mission on a planetary surface similar to mars'. the simulation will include a 20-minute delay in communication, because it takes time to send messages at light speed from earth to mars, and they will have limited contact with the outside world — in previous missions, water was delivered every six weeks and supply "missions" every few months. the crew will also be expec