WH Lawyer Reportedly Told Trump in January That Michael Flynn Misled the FBI

White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly told President Trump in January that Michael Flynn had given inaccurate information to the FBI, CNN is reporting. The question of what the President knew at the time was raised by this Saturday tweet, which Trump lawyer John Dowd claimed authorship of: First, the Washington Post last night reported that Dowd said “the president knew in late January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had probably given FBI agents the same inaccurate account he provided to Vice President Pence about a call with the Russian ambassador.” He continued:
Dowd confirmed Sunday that he had drafted tweet for Trump and acknowledged that it was sloppily worded. He said it was inaccurate to say the president was told that Flynn had lied to the FBI. Dowd said Sunday that Trump knew only what acting attorney general Sally Yates had told the White House counsel: that Flynn’s accounts to the agents interviewing him were the same as those Flynn gave Pence, and “that the [Justice] Department was not accusing him of lying.” People familiar with Yates’s account say she never discussed any part of the FBI investigation with the White House.
And CNN is reporting the same today:
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. McGahn did not tell the President that Flynn had violated the law in his FBI interview or was under criminal investigation, the source said… Yates did not share with McGahn “any description of what (the) FBI had asked Flynn or specifically what he had said,” the source told CNN.
A Washington Post report from a few days ago said McGahn spoke to Robert Mueller’s prosecutors on Thursday. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

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