Michael Flynn has agreed to plead guilty to lying twice to the FBI because he did not disclose to the FBI two things he told the Russian ambassador that the NSA overheard. There was nothing illegal about what he told the Russian ambassador, and now it appears that the Obama administration okayed the contacts, which happened after the election but before Trump’s inauguration. If Flynn had just said he didn’t remember the conversations—bad memory being a particularly virulent plague in Washington DC—he probably would have been home free. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
As we detailed yesterday, ABC was forced to retract an epic mistake in their reporting that claimed contact between Trump staff (Flynn) and Russian officials ‘druing the campaign’ – correcting it to point out that it was in fact ‘during the transition’.
President Trump tweeted his perspective, confirming the new ‘facts’ from ABC…
CNN were quick to mock the White House for saying that the Obama administration approved Flynn’s contacts (and found someone all too eager to go on TV and attack their claims)… (via The Hill)
The White House said on Friday that it was the Obama administration that authorized former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s transition, according to CNN.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office, the first current or former Trump White House official brought down by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.
James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under Obama, said that the claim that the Obama administration authorized Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak was “absurd,” adding that the administration was concerned by the communications at the time.
“That’s absurd. That’s absolutely absurd,” Clapper said on CNN.