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>> US National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, on thin ice over his communications with a Russian diplomat. Flynn is a retired US Army general and has long called for closer cooperation with Moscow. But he might have cooperated too closely too soon. Top White House officials telling Reuters they spent the weekend reviewing Flynn's contacts with the Russians made before Donald Trump took office and before he, Flynn, had any official, government job.
In particular, a call he made to Russia's ambassador to the US, where he allegedly discussed new sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. That call may have broken US laws, and Flynn may have lied about it afterward. It's illegal for a private citizen to engage in foreign policy. Flynn initially denied he discussed sanctions on the call, and US Vice President Mike Pence publicly vouched for Flynn's integrity.
One problem. American spies are in the habit of listening into calls made to foreign diplomats, and the transcript of that call may tell a different story. Perhaps Flynn, who used to run the Defense Intelligence Agency, should have known this. The Washington Post reporting Flynn had, in fact, discussed sanctions.
When pressed, Flynn backed off his earlier denial, saying he could not remember with 100% certainty whether it had come up. The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Questions still looming over the current US administration's ties to Moscow after a collection of US intelligence agencies concluded the Russians interfered in the US election in order the swing the contest toward Donald Trump.
Suspicions further raised based on unverified reports Moscow may have a dossier of compromising information it holds over Donald Trump, making him susceptible to blackmail. The US President expected to face questions about Flynn's conduct at a news conference Monday.