President Trump: "What Flynn did wasn't wrong." pic.twitter.com/FXUbVrXCcG— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 16, 2017
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn falsely claimed that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the FBI, contradicting transcripts of intercepted calls that show he did.
Flynn could face federal felony charges for lying to the FBI.
Via The Washington Post:
The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy, as lying to the FBI is a felony, but any decision to prosecute would ultimately lie with the Justice Department. Some officials said bringing a case could prove difficult in part because Flynn may attempt to parse the definition of sanctions…
Flynn spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak following Trump’s election, and denied for weeks that the December conversation involved sanctions the Obama administration imposed on Russia in response to its meddling in the U.S. election. In a recent interview with the Daily Caller, Flynn said he didn’t discuss “sanctions” but did discuss the Obama administration’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, which were part of the sanctions package it announced on Dec. 29.
Flynn was fired by Trump earlier this week but the president defended his disgraced adviser at a press conference Thursday.
Trump said Flynn “did nothing wrong,” though did say he fired him for lying to the Vice President.