Trump Team Reportedly Knew Early On That Flynn Was Under Investigation

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington

Russian officials bragged during the 2016 presidential campaign that they could use their relationship with Michael Flynn to influence President Donald Trump, CNN reported Friday.

Flynn was forced to resign in February after lying to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

"Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law", Chairman Jason Chaffetz, (R-UT), told reporters, according to reports in the press.

FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation on whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

The 59-year-old Flynn has already been at the heart of several controversies in Trump's four-month presidency and now will face new scrutiny with the appointment Wednesday of special counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the county's top criminal investigative agency.

The Yahoo News story provides some insight as to why Trump continues to stand by Flynn despite his track record of lying to campaign officials and deceiving the public.

It has also been revealed that Flynn informed the Trump transition team on January 4 about the fact that he was under federal investigation for being a secret paid lobbyist for Turkey during the 2016 election, according to a report by The New York Times.

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But the conversation between Moscow officials is believed to have taken place months beforehand, casting further doubt on the Trump aide's relationship with Russian Federation.

The scoop echoes claims by ousted acting Attorney General Sally Yates that Flynn was considered a Russian marionette, whom she urged the White House to fire.

Stoking the fire, the New York Times and then CNN reported Tuesday that Trump had asked former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to drop the probe into Flynn before he sacked him on May 9.

Trump better hurry out some more denials.

Democrats described the president's alleged action as an obstruction of justice, with some even calling for Trump to be impeached. Trump has denied this, but regardless, Trump fired Comey soon thereafter. That deference likely gave Flynn a far wider berth than the average staffer bringing bad news down on Trump.

Sources said Flynn told Kislyak the Trump administration would look favorably on a decision by Russian Federation to hold off on retaliating with its own sanctions.