Trump alters story on why he fired Flynn

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"Yet Trump tried to influence or stop the FBI investigation on Flynn", Lieu tweeted.

Brushing aside an ongoing Russian Federation probe, President Donald Trump reveled Saturday in the Senate's passage of a sweeping tax bill, predicting with swagger that he and his fellow Republicans were "unbeatable".

The President fired the former US Army Lieutenant General in February for misleading Vice-President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Flynn accepted a plea deal on Friday on one count of lying to federal agents - part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The plea deal marks the first time Mueller's investigation has incriminated someone who worked in the White House and who was personally close to Trump.

In at least one instance, prosecutors say Flynn was directed by a "very senior member" of the presidential transition team to discuss a United Nations resolution on whether to condemn Israel's building of settlements.

After Mr Trump forced Flynn out, he asked then-FBI director James Comey to end the bureau's probe into the matter, according to Mr Comey's account. "I hope you can let this go". Investigators have learned that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, took the lead in those efforts.

Yates told the panel that she had a meeting with White House Counsel Donald McGahn on January 26 to tell him that she had information that statements by Vice President Mike Pence, based on his conversations with Flynn, were false. Strzok played a key role in the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the papers said.

Steve Vladeck, a CNN legal contributor and professor at the University of Texas Law School, said Trump's tweet "certainly implies that, at the time the President fired then-FBI Director Comey, he knew that Flynn had committed a felony".

Mr. Strzok's reassignment shows that Mr. Mueller moved swiftly in the face of what could be perceived as bias by one of his agents amid a politically charged inquiry into Mr. Trump's campaign and administration. "We're unbeatable", Trump said.

"No, I'm not", Trump said when asked if he was anxious about what Michael Flynn will tell investigators.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation", said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, said Saturday.

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