Newly declassified transcripts confirm that
The transcripts from late 2016 and early 2017 that were released Friday by Republican senators show Flynn urged Kislyak to keep the temperature down between the two countries and to limit Russia’s response to measures that President
The release reflected a new push by Trump and Republicans to dismiss the episode as of little consequence even though incoming administrations have traditionally refrained from interfering in foreign policy -- and even though Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI by denying he’d discussed sanctions with the ambassador.
In the transcripts that were released to Congress by
“Let’s keep this at even-kill level,” Flynn said. “Then when we come in, we will have a better conversation where we are going to go regarding our relationship.”
Flynn also sought unsuccessfully to get Russia’s behind-the-scenes help in stopping the United Nations Security Council from voting to condemn Israeli settlements. Obama let the resolution go through.
“The transcripts also reveal why Flynn was properly the subject of a counterintelligence investigation and how the DOJ’s effort to dismiss the case against him is so transparently political and destructive to the interests of justice,” Schiff said in a statement.
Trump fired Flynn in 2017 for lying about the Kislyak calls to incoming Vice President
But Pence recently said he would welcome Flynn back into the White House, and Attorney General
Trump said this month that Flynn’s discussion with Kislyak was “a good conversation. He was allowed to do it.”
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