21 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion
“Weeks before President Trump’s inauguration, his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, discussed American sanctions against Russia, as well as areas of possible cooperation, with that country’s ambassador to the United States …
Throughout the discussions, the message Mr. Flynn conveyed to the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak – that the Obama administration was Moscow’s adversary and that relations with Russia would change under Mr. Trump – was unambiguous and highly inappropriate …
The accounts of the conversations raise the prospect that Mr. Flynn violated a law against private citizens’ engaging in diplomacy, and directly contradict statements made by Trump advisers. They have said that Mr. Flynn spoke to Mr. Kislyak a few days after Christmas merely to arrange a phone call between President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Mr. Trump after the inauguration.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence … denied that Mr. Flynn had discussed sanctions with Mr. Kislyak. He said he had personally spoken to Mr. Flynn, who assured him that the conversation was an informal chat that began with Mr. Flynn extending Christmas wishes.
“They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,” Mr. Pence said … The New York Times, 9 February 2017
Wonder how that investigation into Russian interference with the election is going?