According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, President Trump was informed in late January that Flynn had not told Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.
U.S. lawmakers, including some leading Republicans, called for a deeper inquiry into White House ties to Russia after national security adviser Michael Flynn quit amid revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.
The FBI has been examining Flynn’s contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to reports. At issue is whether Flynn tried to undermine the Obama administration’s move to toughen sanctions against Moscow after concluding that Russia had meddled in the U.S. election.
The timing of the calls between Flynn and a Russian envoy raised questions about whether the Trump team had given Russia any assurances to soothe their anger over the sanctions. If that were the case, it would have raised a possible entanglement with the Logan Act, which bars unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with foreign governments with which the U.S. has disputes.