A senior official says it’s unlikely that Gen. Mike Flynn doesn’t recall whether he spoke with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions because, “It was the subject of pretty much an entire phone call.”
MSNBC’s Katy Tur said on Wednesday that “the questions are many” surrounding Pres. Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign staff and their contact with Russian government officials before and after the Nov. 8, 2016 election.
Flynn claims he doesn’t recall whether he discussed then-President-elect Donald Trump lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia in his phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on December 30.
However, a high-ranking official told Tur on Tuesday night that it was virtually all that Flynn and Kislyak discussed.
“I spoke with a high-level source last night who says that they just don’t understand how he could have forgotten this conversation,” Tur said. “It was the subject of pretty much an entire phone call, which is big news. The entirety of a phone call or the majority of a phone call was devoted to how they would deal with the sanctions.”
The call transcripts have not been released, she explained. “There’s a tight hold with the intelligence community and with very few individuals in the White House right now about who’s allowed to see those transcripts.”
Intelligence operatives intercepted the call in the process of monitoring Kislyak’s communications. Acting Attorney Gen. Sally Yates brought the call to the Trump administration’s attention, warning them that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
Flynn lied about the call in discussions with Vice Pres. Mike Pence and others. He resigned on Tuesday, still attempting to frame the deception as a mere mental hiccup, that sanction discussions were a bit of information he forgot to include.
His letter of resignation only went so far as to admit that he “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information.”
Yates was later fired by Trump for refusing to enforce his controversial refugee ban that blocked travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."