President Donald Trump had a retort for eager reporters who confronted him on Saturday with reports former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have cut a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, while pleading guilty to making a false statement to the FBI.
When asked if he was worried about a plea deal between Flynn and Mueller, who is leading an investigation into imagined collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, the president was blunt.
“No, I’m not,” he said. “What has been shown is no collusion. There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re very happy.”
President Trump breaks silence on Flynn's guilty plea: "I'm not worried at all," “What has been shown is no collusion." pic.twitter.com/fIyys15DOZ
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) December 2, 2017
An ABC report asserted that Flynn was set to testify that “candidate” Donald Trump directed him to contact Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.
After the report, heralded as the imminent end of the Trump administration, sent markets into turmoil, ABC News issued a correction hours later: The alleged instruction came while Trump was President-elect and, therefore, his transition team engaging in initial foreign relations is neither illegal, nor improper.
CORRECTION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZTu2K pic.twitter.com/URLiHf3uSm
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
The ABC News report further fueled a furious torrent of mainstream news reports holding up the bogus report as vindication of their widely speculative reporting on the Russian collusion non-story for nearly a year. The American people are still awaiting evidence that a quid pro quo arrangement was struck between the Russians and Donald Trump.
After all of the frenzied reportage about Michael Flynn’s reported “plea deal,” at the end of the day, we can draw one conclusion: Nothing’s changed.
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