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Twitter Blows Up After Trump Says It Was ‘Impossible’ For Him To Know About Flynn

Donald Trump sought to distance himself from former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday, one day after newly unsealed court documents showed Flynn cooperated more extensively than previously known with special counsel Robert Mueller.

And once again, Trump is lying.

“It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?” Trump tweeted.

Multiple reports show that Obama stressed to Trump that he believed Trump should not appoint Flynn as a top national security aide. The conversation took place in November 2016, Obama speaking with Trump less than 48 hours after the election.

“It’s true President Obama made it known he wasn’t exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn’s,” then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in 2017.

Even Flynn himself had told Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation.

Trump ignored the advice and appointed Flynn, who resigned just 24 days after his appointment when it was revealed he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with a Russian ambassador.

Flynn later became a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials and continues to act as a cooperating witness in the investigation.

Trump’s tweet comes after the release of a sentencing memo Thursday indicating Flynn told Mueller’s office that people connected to Trump’s administration or Congress reached out to him in an effort to interfere with the investigation.

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