According to the Washington Post, former national security adviser Michael Flynn told FBI agents that he did NOT discuss sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration — contradicting information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies.
The denial could put Flynn at risk of charges — lying to the FBI is a felony — but the decision to prosecute would rest with Trump’s Justice Department.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has so far rebuffed calls that he recuse himself from any investigation involving contact between Trump associates and Russia.
Flynn stepped down Monday night following revelations that he misled Mike Pence about the contents of a series of calls to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
For weeks, he had publicly claimed that the subject of sanctions did not come up.
Trump defended Flynn during today’s press conference, arguing that he was simply “doing his job” by making the phone calls to Russia.
“Mike was doing his job. He was calling countries and his counterparts. So, it certainly would have been OK with me if he did it. I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn’t doing it.”
Flynn was fired “because of what he said” to Pence about the contents of the call, Trump said.