Trump’s lawyer warned him to fire Mike Flynn because he lied to the FBI back in January. This was BEFORE Trump asked Comey to drop the case against Flynn.
On Monday, CNN reported that the chief White House lawyer, Don McGahn, warned Trump in January that Mike Flynn had lied to the FBI and Mike Pence. And McGahn told Trump at that time that Flynn must be fired.
This puts a whole new light on the investigation of obstruction of justice because this means that Trump definitely knew that Flynn had committed a crime before he asked FBI Director James Comey to drop the case against him.
“White House counsel Donald McGahn told Trump that based on his conversation with then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, he believed Flynn had not told the truth in his interview with the FBI or to Pence, the source said.”
Trump’s personal lawyer, Ty Cobb, knows that this bolsters an obstruction case against the President. So on Monday, he tried to defend Trump by saying that he cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice because the President is above the law.
“(The) President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (the Constitution’s Article II) and has every right to express his view of any case.”
This news comes two days after a tweet by Trump on Saturday basically admitting that he obstructed justice when he asked Comey to let Flynn go; because he already knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI. Trump tweeted,
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
By Sunday Cobb was trying to clean up after Trump by claiming that it was actually he who had written the Trump tweet.
Cobb was trying to say that Trump didn’t know that Flynn had lied to the FBI. But now we know that’s not true.
“At the time McGahn approached Trump, the White House counsel had no information beyond what Yates told him, according to the source.”
“A week later, McGahn was provided a transcript of what Flynn and Kislyak discussed and the conclusion was that it was inconsistent with what Pence said publicly he had been told by the national security adviser.”
“Despite McGahn’s recommendation that Trump fire Flynn, the retired lieutenant general was kept on. Flynn was forced out in mid-February after news outlets reported about Yates’ warning to McGahn.”