FBI agent: Russian official tried to arrange Trump-Putin call for day after inauguration politi.co/2I16kVo via @politico
A top Russian official tried to set up a video teleconference between Trump and Putin on the day after Trump’s inauguration, according to a senior FBI agent’s interview notes released on Thursday.
Flynn relayed that he’d gotten the request to arrange a Trump-Putin call from Sergey Kislyak
U.S. and Russian officials have never confirmed that a conversation took place between Trump and Putin on Jan. 21, 2017, though the White House on Jan. 28 of that year offered a readout of a “congratulatory call” from the Russian leader that happened that day.
Strzok, a deputy FBI assistant director at the time of the Flynn interview, has been a top target for Trump and his Republican allies.

(Because he KNOWS THINGS they don’t want the public or prosecutors to know)
August 2018 FBI fired Strzok over his texts, a disciplinary move that TRUMP CITED as REASON TO WRAP up the RUSSIA INVESTIGATION that Strzok in its early stages had a senior role in leading.
Flynn’s case took several unexpected twists on Thursday as it inches toward closure.

He fired his lawyers and looks like he may back out of plea deal for a pardon.
Also on Thursday, federal prosecutors released the audio recording of a November 2017 voicemail left by John Dowd, Trump’s personal attorney at the time, to one of Flynn’s lawyers seeking info about things he told SCO that implicated Trump, before Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty.
Dowd’s comments were cited by Mueller in the Obstruction part of report.

Dowd urged Flynn’s lawyers to “remember what we’ve always said about the president and his feelings toward Flynn, and that still remains”
In Flynn’s guilty plea, he admitted that this version of events was untrue. He acknowledged speaking with a member of the Trump transition team about how to persuade Russia not to escalate the situation with the Obama administration
🚨FLYNN immediately reported back to the TRUMP team after his conversation with Kislyak.

The next day, Putin agreed not to retaliate for the U.S. actions.
Flynn also told the FBI agents about the origins of his relationship with senior Russian officials, which began in 2013, when he was defense intelligence chief.
At the time, Flynn said, he was invited to the HQ of the GRU for a “leadership development” program. Flynn met the head of the GRU, Igor Sergun, on that trip and kept in touch with him afterward, but their relationship abruptly ended when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014.
Flynn told the FBI agents that he and Sergun had “common ground” — both discussed their experiences in military conflict, and both had sons of about the same age. Flynn called Kislyak in early 2016 to express condolences when Sergun died in Lebanon.
In his FBI interview, Flynn also recalled that his second trip to Russia came in late 2015, when he was famously invited to a gala hosted by RT, a Russian media outlet. Pictures of the event show that he was seated at the same table as Putin.
Flynn told agents that he and his son paid a visit to Kislyak around the time of this trip as a courtesy — and he noted that he had received a “threat briefing” from the Defense Intelligence Agency before attending.
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