Flynn says Trump still in contact, told him to ‘stay strong': report – The Hill
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in April told friends that he remains in contact with President Trump despite the ongoing investigation into Flynn’s contact with Russia, according to a new report.
“I just got a message from the president to stay strong,” Yahoo News reported Flynn told supporters following a meal in Virginia.
Sources familiar with the conversation did not tell Yahoo the medium Trump used to deliver the message Flynn recounted during the discussion.
Yahoo’s sources added that Flynn has repeatedly dismissed the possibility of turning against Trump in exchange for leniency. He affirmed during the same conversation that he remained loyal.
The New York Times on Wednesday reported that Trump’s transition team knew that Flynn was under investigation regarding lobbying work prior to Inauguration Day. The retired Army lieutenant general admitted earlier this year that he lobbied on behalf of Turkey’s government, earning a payment of more than $500,000, and did not disclose the work. Sources told the Times that Flynn revealed the investigation to Trump during the campaign.
Flynn was ultimately appointed national security adviser despite the investigation.
Flynn resigned in February amid revelations that he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump’s inauguration. The former national security adviser reportedly misled Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceFlynn says Trump still in contact, told him to ‘stay strong’: report Congress should reverse Sessions on criminal justice and drug war Flynn delayed ISIS attack plan that Turkey opposed: report MORE and other top administration officials about the conversations.
As a result, Flynn’s activities are part of an ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference into the presidential election and allegations that members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow.
The Times on Tuesday reported that Trump in February asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the federal probe into Flynn’s activities.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the paper reported Comey wrote, quoting Trump in a memo shortly after the meeting.