Over the weekend, Donald Trump took to Twitter and fired off a variety of heated sporadic tweets on topics like Brian Ross, James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Peter Strzok, and Michael Flynn. Although the tweets from the President seem to be disorganized and rehashing old feuds at random, they are relevant to bombshell revelations that played out last week in Washington. If you haven’t yet had a chance to decipher their meaning, here is what you need to know.
Michael Flynn, James Comey, and Hillary Clinton
On Friday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I about discussing sanctions with Russian government officials. Documents from the investigation show that Mr. Flynn had confirmed that a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team asked him to contact the Russian government. Speculation from news outlets, like CNN, suggest that the senior member was Jared Kushner, the President’s son in law, which may open the gates to discovering what Mr. Trump may have known about the contacts. James Comey, the former F.BI Director, stated in a testimony to congress that the President had asked him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, however Mr. Trump has denied this again via Twitter, stating the allegations are a lie.
Reporting also speculates that Mr. Flynn has agreed to cooperate and divulge what he knows about Russian meddling in return for a lighter charge for himself and his son, Michael Flynn JR. President Trump took Twitter to declare that Mr. Flynn’s actions with Russian officials were legal and that there was nothing to hide. In an effort to divert the focus from the Russia investigation, the President rehashed old feelings of the Clinton email investigation, claiming Mr. Flynn had his life ruined due to the charges while Mrs. Clinton went free after she “acid washed” 33,000 emails.
ABC and Brian Ross
American journalist Brian Ross was put on a 4 week suspension from ABC without pay after reporting false information regarding President Donald Trump and former National Security Advisor Micheal Flynn. Mr. Ross who is the chief investigate correspondent told viewers on Friday that before the election, Mr. Trump had told Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russian officials. The report came after Mr. Flynn’s Friday guilty plea, signaling his cooperation with the special investigation. ABC on Saturday confirmed that they had made a “serious error” in the reporting as President Trump had directed Mr. Flynn to make contact after the election when he was President Elect. ABC in a statement stated “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page
Peter Strzok, a top F.B.I agent, was removed from his role in the Russian meddling investigation last summer after it was revealed that he sent anti-Trump text messages to a lawyer with the F.B.I who was also assigned to the case. According to the New York Times reporting of his oust from the investigation, Mr. Strzok is one of the most experienced F.BI counterintelligence investigators and was involved in the Hillary Clinton email probe. Anonymous sources who spoke to The Washington Post disclosed that Mr. Strzok sent the messages to F.B.I lawyer, Lisa Page, who he was said to be having an extra-marital affair with.
CNN, who is also following the matter, reported that that the comments were discovered through an internal review by the Department of Justice while looking into the handling of the Clinton email case by the F.BI. Special Counsel Robert Mueller III removed the agent from the investigation last summer after the comments were discovered, displaying his commitment to reviewing the Russia allegations in a non-partisan manner. The new revelations provide support for President Trumps removal of the former director of the James Comey.