>> Familiar threats and challenges have reasserted themselves.>> Donald Trump's choice for his National Security Advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, holding multiple phone calls with Russia's ambassador to Washington on the same day, as the US slaps new sanctions on Moscow for meddling in the 2016 race. Flynn's late December calls with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak racing new questions about contacts between Trump's advisors and Russian officials.
But Trump's spokesman on Friday saying Flynn took a call from the ambassador, December 28th, to set up its talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Trump's inauguration. But two Reuters' sources identified several calls between Flynn and Kislyak day later on December 29th. The day President Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies and sanctioned two spy agencies for hacking the Democratic Party servers.
The nature of those calls unknown, but a US law known as the Logan Act bars unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments that are in dispute with the United States. The Chairman of the Senate's Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, saying late Friday his committee will investigate possible contacts between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
Part of the wider probe in to Moscow's attempts to disrupt the US election.