NY Times: Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him
Reports also now seem to confirm that multiple conversations between Flynn and Kislyak took place, where they discussed ways in which they could set up a direct back channel between Trump and Putin in order to avoid the “hostile” USA national security bureaucracy.
“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation”, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity.
Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Flynn of the inquiry, Mr Trump made Mr Flynn his national security adviser.
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe has acknowledged to federal lawmakers that an investigation exists into a possible association between the Trump team and Russian operatives to steer the election in Trump’s favor, the Times reported.
The revelations come the morning after it was announced the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.
The White House declined to comment on this latest report from the New York Times.
The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Flynn had already been paid more than $500,000 by the Turkish government at the time to represent its interests, even though he was acting in an official capacity as a top foreign policy-maker for the United States when he gave this advice.
Trump campaign officials first became aware of a problem with Flynn’s business dealings in early November.
McGinley now works in the White House as Cabinet secretary and deputy assistant to the president.
Mr. Kelner then followed up with another call to the Trump transition’s legal team. He ended up leaving a message, identifying himself as Flynn’s lawyer. He has since been at the center of accusations against Trump over his campaign’s alleged ties to Russian Federation after he purportedly discussed U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation with its envoy to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
December: Flynn has repeated contacts with various Russian officials but doesn’t tell anybody.
Flynn made the disclosure on January 4 to Donald F. McGahn II, the transition team’s top lawyer and now White House counsel. Maybe they thought Flynn was just joking?