WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump has said the actions of former national security advisor Michael Flynn after the 2016 presidential election were “lawful”.
Flynn has entered into a plea deal and agreed to co-operate with an inquiry into alleged collusion between Trump’s team and Russian officials.
The president said on Twitter that he fired Flynn “because he lied to the vice-president and the FBI”.
He said there was “nothing to hide” in the actions of his transition team.
Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about meetings with Russia’s ambassador Sergei Kislyak in December 2016, after Trump was elected but before he became president.
The plea deal — for a lesser charge than Flynn might have faced and a shorter possible prison sentence — has prompted speculation that he has incriminating evidence on one or more senior members of the administration.
The charging documents against Flynn state that he was directed to make contact with Russian officials by a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team.
Several US news organisations report the very senior official now under the spotlight is Jared Kushner — Trump’s advisor and son-in-law.