The record of the call between Michael Flynn and the then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was released on Friday after the Trump administration decrypted it.
The contents of four phones and one voicemail between Flynn and Kislyak released, Recording dialogues during President Trump ’s transition, including those related to sanctions.
In a conversation, Flynn begged Kislyak not to escalate the sanctions war with the outgoing Obama administration.
Flynn said to the ambassador: “I know you have to take some kind of action to make it mutually beneficial; don’t do more than you need, because I don’t want us to get into problems that must be solved gradually. Do you understand?”
In a dialogue, Flynn talked about the views of the incoming government on the Middle East.
“[Y]”We know that the strategic goal is stability in the Middle East.” Flynn said. “This is a strategic goal. And, and, you know, between you and me, you know, we also know, you know between Moscow and Washington. If we do n’t cooperate with this radical Islamic crowd, we wo n’t be able to Stability in the Middle East. Period. “
Trump Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe sent his document to Congress on Friday after decrypting his document from his former acting director Ric Grenell.
Before the release, the Justice Department decided this month to withdraw Flinn ’s prosecution and found that FBI agents, including Peter Stzok, had no valid basis to interview Flynn with the President Trump administration in January 2017. day.
Flynn, who once briefly served as a national security adviser to the Trump White House, was fired in February 2017 and then prosecuted for allegedly lying about two Kislyak calls in December 2016.
Defenders of retired army generals, including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, pointed out that the FBI had transcripts when interviewing Flynn. He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI at the end of 2017, but this year he tried to withdraw his plea, saying he did not lie on purpose.
Recent documents show that the FBI almost ended the investigation of Flynn on January 4, 2017 after there was no evidence that he was a Russian agent. But Strzok and his mistressLisa Page, a former lawyer of the FBI, exchanged anti-Trump text messages with him and intervened in the case to invoke the Logan Act, which was never used in 1799. ), The bill prohibits ordinary citizens from conducting foreign diplomacy. The law is generally regarded as unconstitutional.
At that time, President Barack Obama learned about the phone calls between Flynn and Kislyak, while Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was in charge of day-to-day business in the Justice Department. Yates was fired by Trump for refusing to defend a travel ban on a major Muslim country. She was shocked to learn about Obama ’s Flynn from the Obama meeting on January 5, 2017 (not its subordinates) -Kislyak called, according to recently released documents.
The FBI interview with Flynn took place outside the standard agreement. James Comey, former director of the FBI Public recognition He sent agents including Strzok to interview Flynn during the Trump administration without notifying the White House adviser’s office. Senior officials of the Ministry of Justice were also excluded from the decision, Yates said she was frustrated.
After meeting with Comey and then Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a handwritten note issued by Bill Priestap, the FBI ’s anti-intelligence director this month, said to Flynn: “What is our goal? The truth / admit it or lie so that we can sue or expel him?”
Flynn was fired by Trump in February 2017 because he was allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence, saying that the call with Kislyak was in a situation known to other Trump transition officials Carried out. Pence recently stated that he tended to believe that Flynn was not lying on purpose.
Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI, avoided allegations of working as an unregistered Turkish agent, and agreed to cooperate with Russian investigators. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s subsequent investigation found no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia.