Donald Trump in an early morning tweet this Sunday claimed to have never asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, stating that “fake news” outlets are “covering another Comey lie.”
“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn,” the president wrote.
“Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Comey, who was dismissed by Trump back in May, told Congress in June that Trump had asked him during an Oval Office meeting in February to end his investigation into Flynn. Trump’s lawyers have denied these claims.
Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contact during the months before President Trump took office with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. ambassador about the restrictions related to the Kremlin’s election interference. He is the first person to have held a position in the Trump administration to be indicted by the special counsel.
Trump shifted his attitude this Saturday when he tweeted that he had to dismiss Flynn because the retired Army general had lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” he said in the tweet, which was sent while he was traveling in New York City for fundraising events.
“It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful,” he added. “There was nothing to hide!”
However, two sources familiar with the tweet have since told The Washington Post that John Dowd, Trump’s chief counsel, was the true author behind the tweet.
After Flynn was fired, however, Trump in February said, “I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence. Very simple.”