Reuters reported last month, citing three sources familiar with the matter, that Flynn had held five phone calls with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak on 29 December, the day then-President Barack Obama retaliated for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This contradicts Flynn's flat denials and the Trump administration's characterizations of the nature of the call.
When asked about a Washington Post report published Thursday that Flynn and Kislyak discussed USA sanctions on Russian Federation - and that these discussions may have influenced President Vladimir Putin's decision not to retaliate to the sanctions - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "the information is incorrect". This means that Gen Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence, who then lied to the public. Spicer later told ABC News that Kislyak had called to invite the U.S.to talks on the Syrian conflict held in Kazakhstan recently.
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, who's filing a story on the Flynn allegations for today's All Things Considered, says she has reached out to senior Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence committees. The official said Flynn has "no recollection" of discussing the sanctions, but left open the possibility that the issue did come up when he spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.
One of the calls took place on December 29, the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in response to a USA intelligence assessment that the Russian government had interfered in the us presidential election with the goal of helping Trump. He was once photographed sitting next to Putin at a lavish party in Moscow. Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russian Federation not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.
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"At a minimum, Flynn recklessly violated the sacred principle that America only has one president at a time". Other U.S. officials said that while sanctions were discussed, they did not see evidence to prove that Flynn had made an explicit promise to take action related to sanctions following the inauguration. If it did, Flynn may have violated a federal law called the Logan Act that forbids private citizens from interfering in foreign policy.
A law enforcement source who has been briefed on the issue told Milton that the discussion dealt with the relationship going forward with Russian Federation including the sanctions. Flynn has raised concerns that he has a more-than-cordial relationship with Russian Federation and its president.
Publicly, including at the Moscow conference, Flynn has suggested he believes the USA should work with Russian Federation to combat radical Islamic terrorism, which he has described as a "cancer".
Flynn on Wednesday denied discussing sanctions with Kislyak, but Flynn's spokesman on Thursday said Flynn was not sure whether sanctions were discussed.
Flynn has acknowledged that he was paid for speaking in Moscow, telling the Washington Post the invitation came through his speakers bureau.