US Senate panel still negotiating with Flynn over documents -congressional aides

Trump repeatedly tried, without success, to get Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to drop the probe into Flynn.

It took Trump 18 days after that Yates-McGahn meeting to fire Flynn.

A senior administration official said: "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn". And yet it is Trump's own staunch defense of Flynn that has fanned the intrigue.

Even after Flynn's February 13 dismissal, Trump maintained that Flynn did nothing wrong by speaking to Kislyak, claiming he fired Flynn only because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian communications. Flynn is the origin - or at least an origin - of numerous major problems that threaten Trump's presidency.

Flynn, though, has now come under scrutiny for a more diverse array of crimes, but FARA violations are low on the list of DOJ's investigations amid continuing probes into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election, according to Reid. However and much like Trump's request for then-FBI Director James Comey to kill the investigation into Flynn's Russian ties (because he's a "good guy"), this news carries a whiff of possible obstruction of justice.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

One more Flynn tidbit has dropped (so far). He was a frequent presence on the campaign trail and famously led the Republican National Convention in chants of "Lock her up!" in reference to Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

As McClatchy reported Wednesday night, one of the first decisions Flynn made as national security advisor, 10 days before Trump was inaugurated, was to shelve a long-planned military operation in Syria, which aimed for Kurdish fighters to conquer the ISIS-held city of Raqqa. Some members of Congress have used the word "treason" to describe Flynn's intervention and exchange with Rice.

Sally Yates, the former acting USA attorney general, told a Senate committee she warned White House officials about Flynn's call 18 days before any action was taken.

That loyalty has strained Trump's relationship with Flynn's replacement, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Politico reported. "I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Flynn said after the meal was over, according to two sources who are close to Flynn and are familiar with the conversation, which took place on April 25.



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