President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn — while he was cooperating with Robert Mueller — contacted at least one member of Congress who was a critic of the special counsel, CNN reported.
Flynn tweeted direct messages to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., encouraging him to “keep the pressure on,” CNN reported.
“You stay on top of what you’re doing. Your leadership is so vital for our country now. Keep the pressure on,” Flynn wrote in an April 3, 2018 message to Gaetz, which CNN said it had obtained.
That evening, Gaetz appeared on Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” where he blasted the Justice Department.
“We’ve got to play a far stronger role in exposing the hypocrisy at the Department of Justice,” Gaetz said in that interview, The Hill reported.
“With no evidence of collusion, with no evidence of any crime whatsoever, they unleashed Bob Mueller to go investigate things that happened before Donald Trump was even contemplating running for president.”
Flynn also messaged Gaetz last February GIFs of a bald eagle and an American flag without any text, according to CNN.
Gaetz confirmed to the news outlet that he’d gotten messages but did not respond, adding he didn’t have a prior relationship with Flynn.?
Mueller’s report did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump illegally obstructed justice, but he did examine nearly a dozen episodes for potential obstruction, including efforts by the president to discourage cooperation.
The report reveals that after Flynn began cooperating with the government, an unidentified Trump lawyer left a message with Flynn’s attorneys reminding them that the president still had warm feelings for Flynn and asking for a “heads-up” if Flynn knew damaging information about the president.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.