Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 22:09
The conversations deeply concerned United States intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump's national security adviser, current and former governments officials said.
The recently sacked intelligence official has agreed to the hearing amid growing concern over President Trump's ties to Russian Federation and his involvement in the ongoing the investigation into former National Security advisor Michael Flynn. However, U.S. officials also noted that the Russians may have exaggerated their bond with Flynn in those talks.
Trump ignored Obama's warning and hired Flynn as his national security adviser anyway, but it didn't take long until it became obvious that it was not such a good idea.
Flynn went on to say the Trump administration would revisit the sanctions imposed since Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014, the sources said, and Putin followed his advice, announcing the next day that he would not retaliate.
The feds are still investigating Russia's efforts to get involved in the 2016 presidential election, as well as a potential conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Six of those previously undisclosed contacts were supposedly phone calls between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Reuters reported citing three current and former officials. This is one of many questions now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and according to Reuters, Flynn and other officials on the Trump campaign had at least 18 phone calls and emails with Russian officials and others with ties to the Kremlin.
Flynn, who had to leave the post just 24 days in to the job, was initially retained as a adviser even after the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, warned the White House she was anxious about Flynn's actual contact with the Russian ambassador.
He first met Kislyak in June 2013 during an official trip to Russian Federation, according to the Washington Post.
Reports have emerged that Mr Comey wrote a memo after a meeting with Mr Trump, where the US President was quoted as saying "I hope you can let this go".
The filing also disclosed that Flynn secretly met with the Turkish foreign and energy ministers in NY before Election Day. The conversation, first reported by the New York Times earlier this week, has opened the president up to charges from critics of obstruction of justice. Trump abruptly fired Comey last week.