Video of Trump Lying About Flynn to the American People
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2017—Donald Trump was asked about Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when he was on board Air Force One on February 10, 2017.
“I don’t know about it, I haven’t seen it,” Trump said. “What report is that?”
We now know that Trump knew that Flynn had spoken to Kislyak about U.S. sanctions because he had this information from several sources. Below is a chronological list of all the ways Donald Trump should have and did find out about Flynn, but still lied about it when asked on February 10.
As early as November 10, 2016, President Obama warned Trump about Flynn’s contact with Russians, according to recent reports.
Before Trump’s inauguration, on January 12, The Washington Post reported that Flynn and Kislyak spoke by telephone on December 29 and may have discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 election. Both White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (January 13, January 23) and Vice President Mike Pence (January 15) publicly denied that Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions with Kislyak.
Shortly after Trump was inaugurated, on January 26, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had in fact discussed U.S. sanctions with Kislyak and that the Russian government could use this information to compromise Flynn. Between then and her firing on January 30, Sally Yates had one more in-person meeting with McGhan and one telephone call to discuss Flynn and his conversations with Kislyak.
Flynn was fired on February 13, only after news reports exposed Flynn’s lies about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador. It is not clear whether he would have been fired if these reports had not come to light.
However, on February 10, Trump was in front of cameras on Air Force One, pretending he had never heard about Flynn’s communications with Kislyak. We now know that, even if he had ignored President Obama’s warning and the press reports, he was briefed about Flynn’s lie shortly after January 26, when Sally Yates met with White House Counsel.
As late as March 31, Trump was tweeting that Flynn was the victim of a “witch hunt.”
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
Trump has a long record of lying to the American people about things large and small, this is one of the larger ones.