On Saturday, President Trump tweeted “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI.”
This was the day after Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. It caused a controversy because it implies that President Trump knew that Flynn lied to the FBI and did not tell anyone. Even Republican congressmen warned Trump that he should be careful of what he tweets. His words could be used against him. Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, jumped in saying that he was the one who wrote the message. He takes responsibility and has apologized for lying.
Flynn would have faced 5 years in prison, but has agreed to a maximum of 6 months. How long he stays in prison depends on how much information he has that is helpful to the investigation. Robert Mueller and the Senate Judiciary Committee will be investigating whether Trump did know about Flynn or if his lawyer just made a honest mistake. If Trump did know about Flynn, it would be considered obstruction of justice.