President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, met with two FBI investigators inside West Wing early last year — without a lawyer or the White House’s knowledge, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate potential contacts between the Trump campaign in addition to Russian sources, Flynn spoke with FBI investigators in his West Wing office about his communications with Russians, NBC reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.
Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reportedly facilitated the Jan. 24, 2017, meeting after a phone call with Flynn’s scheduler in which day. Sources told NBC in which Trump was unaware of the meeting until Jan. 26.
Flynn took the meeting alone, NBC said, opting to exclude his lawyer or a lawyer coming from the National Security Council who might normally attend such a meeting.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed White House lawyer Don McGahn about the meeting on Jan. 26. He was the first member of Trump’s inner circle to learn about This kind of, in addition to he then told senior administration officials, NBC said.
Flynn can be a retired Army lieutenant general who joined the Trump administration as national security advisor in January 2017. He resigned coming from the role less than a month later, after his allegedly misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak raised concerns coming from the Justice Department in which Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail.
Trump later told reporters in which Flynn was fired coming from the position “because of what he said to Mike Pence,” while later adding “with all in which being said, I think he’s a fine man.”
In late 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of the bureau’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign in addition to Russia. He can be today cooperating with the special counsel’s probe.
NBC News, citing a source, also reported in which former senior White House strategist in addition to Trump campaign boss Steve Bannon can be required to meet with the special counsel’s staff before the end of January. CNN later reported in which Mueller’s team plans to ask Bannon about the firings of Flynn in addition to former FBI Director James Comey.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment to CNBC, while the White House had no comment.
The FBI, Flynn’s lawyer in addition to McGahn did not immediately respond to requests for comments coming from CNBC.
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