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Retired the national security adviser of the US President Michael Flynn said that in conversation with the Russian Ambassador, which caused a scandal and resignation, he “crossed the line” and did not address the issue of sanctions against Russia
A former adviser to Donald trump on national security Michael Flynn spoke about the content of telephone conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergei Kislyak in December 2016. That information about these negotiations was the formal reason for the resignation of Flynn.
To your last working day on a post of the adviser of the President of the United States Flynn told the publication The Daily Caller News Foundation that in the course of conversations with the Ambassador he “crossed the line” and did not address the subject of sanctions imposed by the US against Russia.
“The conversation was not about sanctions, but about those 35 people who were expelled. And that’s how in the end things turned out,” said Flynn.
“In fact, the conversation went like this: “Yes, I know what happened. We will consider everything.” But I never said anything like “we plan to revise the sanctions” or something in this spirit,” — said the former adviser.
Flynn also expressed concern about leaks of classified data to the press. “You call this a leak, but this is now a criminal offense,” said Flynn. “In some cases we are talking about information that was made outside of the classified system and then sent to journalists. It’s a crime,” concluded Flynn.
In addition, the former adviser said, why not fought to maintain his post. “I didn’t resist, because I’m not that guy. I’m backstage. I was always behind the scenes. But this is ridiculous. It just spiraled out of control. I became an international celebrity for the wrong reasons,” he explained.
Michael Flynn resigned from the post of national security adviser 14. However, he apologized to the US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence providing defective information about conversations with his Russian counterpart in Washington Sergei Kislyak. According to him, in virtue of his position as national security adviser he was “made multiple phone calls to foreign colleagues, Ministers and ambassadors”. Flynn added that the purpose of calls was to ensure a smooth transition and “to begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders.”
“Unfortunately, because of such a fast-developing events, I inadvertently was not fully briefed elected Vice-President and others about my conversations with the Russian Ambassador,” wrote Flynn.
December 29, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions against Russia over its alleged interference in the election of the President of the United States. Among them was the decision to expel 35 the Russian diplomats. 14 Jan 2017 Reuters citing a source said that Flynn and Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak on this day five times and talked on the phone. The official representative of the trump confirmed only one phone conversation held on 29 December. However, he argues that sanctions the parties have not discussed.
February 9 contacts Flynn Kislyak before the inauguration of trump wrote the Washington Post, citing sources. According to her, the topic of discussion was the sanctions against Russia. The newspaper reported that Flynn allegedly filed Kislyak signal of a possible easing of sanctions against Russia.
The newspaper the New York Times, citing officials wrote that the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) questioned Flynn about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador in Washington Sergei Kislyak. According to interlocutors of publication, the interrogation took place in the first days of the administration of Donald trump. According to TV channel NBC in December, FBI agents tapped telephone conversations of dubious and Mike Flynn, however, nothing wrong in them not found.