According to new reporting, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. BEFORE the president took office last month.
Michael Flynn and Mike Pence strongly denied the charges back in early January.
Earlier this week, current and former U.S. officials told the Washington Post about the conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. When asked if he had discussed sanctions with the ambassador, Flynn repeatedly said, “No,”
But yesterday, Flynn appeared to retreat from that denial. His spokesman told the Post, that Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
All of this completely contradicts Mike Pence’s statements made on national television
“Of course not,” Pence said on the program when asked whether anyone from the campaign was ever in touch with Russia. “I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.”
Vice President Mike Pence told CBS’s “Face the Nation” last month that there was no contact between the Trump team and Russian officials during the campaign and Flynn’s call with Kislyak on the same day sanctions were announced in December was “strictly coincidental.”
“They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,” Pence said.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said that Flynn had contacted the Russia’s ambassador on Dec. 25 to wish him a Merry Christmas. Spicer also mentioned another contact on Dec. 28, which was the day before the sanctions were announced. He said that on Dec. 28, Flynn texted and called Kislyak to discuss the logistics of setting up a phone call between the president-elect and Russian President Vladimir Putin after Inauguration.