Michael Flynn, the National security adviser, privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, imposed during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said. This was reported by The Washington Post.
Flynn’s communications with Sergey Kislyak were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions that were being imposed by the Obama administration in late December to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.
Flynn on Wednesday denied that he had discussed sanctions with Kislyak. Asked in an interview whether he had ever done so, he twice said, “No.”