The FBI is not expected to pursue charges against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, barring new information about his phone call with Russia’s ambassador, CNN reported Thursday, citing law enforcement officials.
FBI interviewers don’t believe Flynn intentionally mislead them during an interview last month, despite Flynn not remembering all he talked about in a call with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak where he discussed sanctions, CNN reported.
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Reports emerged earlier Thursday that Flynn told FBI agents he did not discuss U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak in December. Flynn’s answers during his Jan. 24 FBI interview contradicts reports about his past phone calls with Kislyak.
The Washington Post reported last week that despite denials the pair discussed sanctions on Russia before Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
Lying to the FBI is a felony, but the decision to prosecute rests with the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has so far rebuffed calls to recuse himself from investigations over ties between Russia and Trump associates.
Flynn resigned Monday amid reports he misled senior White House officials – namely Vice President Pence – on the details of his conversations with Kislyak.
The former Army lieutenant general said he “inadvertently” gave “incomplete information” to Vice President Mike Pence and others about the talks.
Trump confirmed he requested Flynn’s resignation Thursday but defended his former national security adviser’s conduct.
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