White House blamed Barack Obama for Michael Flynn’s testimony against Trump
White House blamed Barack Obama for Michael Flynn’s testimony against Trump, they have insisted that the testimony of Flynn will not implicate Trump or anyone else in the White House.
Fomrer NSA Flynn is pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Special counsel Mueller’s office brought the charges on Friday.
In a bizarre argument, the White House emphasized that Flynn was fired for making false statements to Trump officials, that he worked for Trump’s administration for a short time and that he was a former Obama administration official.
White House lawyer Try Cobb said “The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” . “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”
Just now: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Flynn promised full cooperation to the Mueller team and is prepared to testify that candidate Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians.” https://t.co/E0tA37GOo0 pic.twitter.com/PmNEO7eekt
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) December 1, 2017
The White House sought to distance itself from Flynn, referring to him as the “former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days” as well as “a former Obama administration official.”
Flynn was a close adviser to Trump during the campaign and gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Former President Obama fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and warned Trump about Flynn during a discussion two days after the election, saying he had concerns about the official joining the national security team for the new president.
The White House also tried to distance itself from other former Trump aides indicted by Robert Mueller, who is probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s election meddling efforts.
White Officials argued that charges against former campaign chairman Paul Manafort did not implicate the Trump campaign or White House because they were related to his prior lobbying work on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
The charges against Michael Flynn and his guilty plea are an ominous sign for the White House.
The charges against Flynn relate to his actions while was in the White House. He was accused of making false statements to the FBI on Jan. 24, four days after the inauguration, about conversations he had during the transition.
Flynn was a close confidant to Donald Trump during the campaign and the position of national security adviser is one of the most powerful positions on the White House staff.
MORE: Michael Flynn "is prepared to testify…against Pres. Trump, against members of the Trump family, and others in the White House," @BrianRoss reports. https://t.co/xnP9lLRnY7 https://t.co/A10TrLNWMG
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 1, 2017
President Trump has not yet personally weighed in on the charges. The White House scrapped a planned joint press availability with the prime minister of Libya, where reporters could have asked about Flynn. However the whole White House is under tremendous stress and people close to Trump is really worried about his future as the President of United States.