President Donald Trump this week has claimed that disgraced former national security adviser Mike Flynn was the victim of a set up by Obama administration officials who supposedly tricked him into lying to the FBI.
However, as the New York Times reports, Trump's latest account of the Flynn saga is a blatant rewrite of the historical record, as the president himself said that he had to fire Flynn because he lied about the nature of his phone call with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
"Their revisionist narrative is in stark contrast to the view held three years ago not only by top FBI management but also by senior White House officials," the Times writes. "Mr. Flynn, the officials said then, had lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other aides about the nature of his calls to the ambassador, had lied repeatedly to FBI agents about the calls, and might have made himself vulnerable to Russian blackmail."
In fact, testimony from former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus and former White House counsel Don McGahn to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation revealed that both men viewed Flynn's lies to the FBI as troubling enough to justify the national security adviser's ouster.
"McGahn and Priebus concluded that Flynn could not have forgotten the details of the discussions of sanctions and had instead been lying about what he discussed with Kislyak," Mueller's report on Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign stated.