U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraising event in New York, U.S., December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that actions by former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition were lawful, and that he had had to fire him because Flynn had lied to the FBI and the vice president.
The president’s comment suggested he may have known Flynn lied to the FBI before he urged the FBI director not to investigate his former adviser, legal experts said. But they noted that it was unclear from the tweeted comment exactly what the president knew when.
Flynn is the first member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence last year’s U.S. presidential election and possible collusion by Trump aides.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled …
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