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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Modi tells Xi summit will launch ‘new era’ for India and China
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a "new era" between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences.
Modi and Xi strolled along a pristine Bay of Bengal beach and held one-on-one talks overlooking the ocean before their delegations sat down to official negotiations at the historic resort town of Mahbalipuram, south of Chennai.
The two leaders are meeting for the second time in a year in a bid to ease tensions over border disputes, the troubled Kashmir region and China's domination of trade between their huge economies.
Trump calls for impeachment of Mitt Romney for criticizing him in rambling tweet
Hours after Donald Trump attacked Sen. Mitt Romney for being critical of his call for the Chinese to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, the president was back for another round, calling for the Utah Republiocan to be impeached.
Claiming without evidence that voters in Utah are turning on their senator, Trump claimed, "I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats!" followed by: #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY
Trump claimed ‘inequality is down’ — one day later federal data showed the exact opposite is true
"The separation between rich and poor from 2017 and 2018 was greater than it has ever been."
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