(National Sentinel) Flynn Connection: The White House said on Friday that the previous Obama administration gave approval to former national security advisor Michael Flynn to contact Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Trump transition, according to CNN, via The Hill.
Court documents show that his communications with Kislyak were directed by a Trump transition official, with multiple news outlets reporting that official was Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
“They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote ‘authorized’ by the Obama administration,” CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said.
“We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House,” he then added somewhat ruefully.
Flynn was let go by the administration because he was not forthright with Vice President Mike Pence regarding contacts with Russian diplomats.
The former three-star Army general and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency issued a statement after his guilty plea on Friday.
“After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for,” Flynn said.
“But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
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