Flynn Denied Discussing Sanctions With Russia. New Reports Say He Did

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On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Flynn had explicitly discussed the sanctions with Kislyak during a series of phone calls in December based on interviews with current and former senior officials.

This looks like a ham-handed way of letting Putin know that he was right to listen to Flynn's reassurances that once Trump was in office, he would take care of the sanctions imposed by President Obama, in retaliation for Moscow's hostile efforts to give the election to Trump.

Flynn exchanged phone calls and texts with Kislyak a day before the Obama administration imposed new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats over the Kremlin's alleged attempts to meddle in the USA election.

While Trump has tempered his seemingly pro-Russia stance since the campaign-he recently said the sanctions will remain in place-many worry that Flynn maintains too favorable of a relationship with Russian officials.

On January 13, President Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Flynn and Kislyak coordinated the logistics of a call between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "That was it. Plain and simple". What's more, he had in fact discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak.

ABC News has reached out to Flynn's office for comment. But his spokesman said Thursday that Flynn "indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up".

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There were five calls on Dec 29, the day Mr Obama expelled three dozen Russian diplomats in retaliation for hacking of the USA presidential election.

Concerns were raised by some administration officials that Flynn may have sought to undermine those sanctions in his call with Kislyak. He was once photographed sitting next to Putin at a lavish party in Moscow.

"Of course not", Pence said on the program when asked whether anyone from the campaign was ever in touch with Russian Federation.

Officials said this week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to examine Flynn's contacts with Kislyak, according to the paper. "Let the American people judge [Flynn's] conduct for themselves". The first is that it's illegal for a private citizen to undermine US foreign policy, and at the time of Flynn's phone calls to Moscow, Trump was still president-elect and Flynn held no public office. Legal experts said it was the earlier denials by Flynn that have made his hold on his job more tenuous, as well the broader context.

Already, senators representing both parties have worked on a bill that would require the executive branch to confer with Congress before eliminating sanctions with Russian Federation.

Democrats, in particular, have questioned whether the Russians have personal or financial influence over the USA president.