Flynn Met With FBI Without Telling Trump


Michael Flynn, who was then serving as national security adviser, met with FBI investigators exactly a year ago about his communications with Russia's ambassador, but concealed the interview from President Donald Trump and top White House officials, NBC News is reporting.

An NBC report has found that Flynn-without a lawyer or approval from the president or top White House officials-met with investigators in his West Wing office to discuss conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

One year ago today, then-national security adviser Mike Flynn met privately in his West Wing office for an interview with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his communications with the Russian ambassador.

Two days later, according to NBC, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the White House about the meeting.

Flynn's firing has reportedly become central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The final terms have not been decided, but Trump's legal team is reportedly pushing Mueller to allow the president to answer certain questions preemptively in writing before sitting down with investigators.

Flynn resigned as national security adviser in mid-February 2017, following a report revealing that he discussed USA sanctions in a December 2016 phone call with the Russian ambassador.

It's unclear whether the president himself will agree to meet with Mueller and his investigators.

You can read all of NBC News' report here.

McGahn has sat for two days of interviews with Mueller's team, according to a person familiar with the matter, including one interview that was rescheduled after Flynn's plea deal was announced the day it was supposed to take place.

Yates, who was sacked January 30, has testified before Congress that McGahn asked her how Flynn had done in his interview, and she said she told the White House counsel she could not comment on that. He was dismissed on February 13 and Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into him the next day, according to Comey's June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The FBI requested Flynn's phone records and other documents in late winter, after Flynn was forced out.

Flynn's secretive approach to his grilling was reported by NBC News, which described a scene where the Federal Bureau of Investigation unexpectedly turned a perfunctory meeting into an exploration of his secret talks with Kislyak.

For Trump opponents, his war with the FBI is an effort to undermine the Russian Federation investigation.

Flynn was sacked after only 24 days in the White House following reports that he lied to Pence about his connection to Kislyak.

While Trump has pushed back on claims he asked Comey to let the Flynn probe go, he did say in an NBC News interview last May that he had Russian Federation on his mind when he fired Comey.

The next day Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to Comey's testimony before Congress. Trump has denied asking Comey to let the Flynn investigation go.