President Donald Trump was asked Saturday morning if he is concerned about the government's plea deal with Michael Flynn. Trump's answer couldn't have been more clear.
What did he say?
As the president was outside the White House waiting to depart on Marine One, he answered several questions from the press.
One reporter asked Trump: "Are you concerned about what Mike Flynn might tell the special counsel?"
"No, I’m not," Trump said unequivocally. "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion. There has been absolutely no collusion, so we’re very happy."
President Trump says he is not concerned about what Michael Flynn might tell the special counsel, saying "there has been absolutely no collusion" https://t.co/pSEiZSEzoR— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 2, 2017
Why does this matter?
The mainstream media has claimed since the beginning of Trump's presidency that something nefarious happened between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. Democrats cheered early on Friday when ABC News reported that Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials.
At first ABC said the contact happened during the campaign, but it later corrected its story to say the contact happened during the presidential transition. The first report indicated impropriety, but the latter merely showed a future campaign official doing his work as a key member of Trump's inner counsel.
Trump's comments this morning solidify that while Flynn made a mistake lying to the FBI, hard evidence to prove "collusion" or wrongdoing on Trump's behalf doesn't exist — and he's not worried about the investigation.
What else did Trump say?
He later 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… https://t.co/8bMCLGuAhf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1512234853.0