The House Republicans’ report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election claims that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — despite the fact that it also contains a potentially damaging new piece of evidence against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Specifically, the report claims that both Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., met with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at his private residence in early December of 2015 — just two months before Flynn would formally join the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser.
What’s more, the report says that Flynn Jr. sent an email to the Russian embassy after the meeting that described it as “very productive.”
Despite this, the report says that investigators did not reach out to the Flynns to learn the nature of this meeting because both of them had made clear their “intent to assert their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.”
Days after the meeting at Kislyak’s house, Flynn flew to Moscow and attended a dinner commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of Russian state media outlet RT.com that was also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Read the whole excerpt from the GOP’s report below.
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