President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian Federation made headlines again Thursday night after the Washington Post exclusively reported that National security adviser Michael Flynn went over USA sanctions against the Kremlin with Moscow's ambassador to Washington just weeks before Trump took office.
An administration official told the Post that Pence based his comments denying that Flynn had discussed sanctions on what Flynn told him.
The report immediately put pressure on the vice president, who had defended Flynn in television after news of the phone call first broke earlier this year.
Team Trump said these were routine and uncontroversial calls, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Flynn and Kislyak merely spoke to coordinate upcoming conversations between the American and Russian presidents. But there was no response until the next morning, when a colleague of Flynn's said the retired lieutenant general had talked with Kislyak sometime between December 27 and December 29.
A Washington Post report last week contradicted denials by Flynn and Vice President Mike Pence. If he offered Russian Federation reassurances about USA sanctions, the day after Obama's actions, Flynn may need a good lawyer.
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In addition to calling for an FBI investigation of Trump's relationship with Moscow, Pelosi wants Congress to appoint an "outside commission" to examine the ties - a request House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be moving on any time soon. A fact check later unveiled each segment was shot in different locations on different dates and the two could not have possibly met during it. Trump has also vaguely and explicitly denied ever having contact with Putin in more recent interviews. The first is that it's illegal for a private citizen to undermine USA foreign policy, and at the time of Flynn's phone calls to Moscow, Trump was still president-elect and Flynn held no public office. That effort appears to be moving ahead, even as many in Washington, including Republicans, have expressed outrage over the assessment that Putin ordered a hacking operation aimed at meddling in the US election.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said "there were certain conversations" between Flynn and Kislyak. There is also the question of whether he broke federal law by discussing the sanctions with Kislyak.
White House officials have denied that any impropriety took place during the phone calls.
Several officials emphasised that, although sanctions were discussed, they did not conclude that Mr Flynn promised to reverse them after Mr Trump was inaugurated.
We're finally learning more about the Trump's team contact with Russian Federation leading up to the 2016 presidential election and the information has the potential to erupt into the scandal. The official maintained that he had been paid to attend the event as a speaker.