‘Not Exculpatory’: Just-Declassified Transcripts Prove Flynn Lied - ‘He Also Betrayed America’

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

In an extraordinary disclosure of U.S. intelligence materials, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe released newly declassified records on Friday of intercepted calls between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

"As a result of lying to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the vice president, Flynn posed a severe counterintelligence risk because the Russians knew the real contents of Flynn's communications and that he lied about them to the some of the most senior officials in the USA government", House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in response to the release of the records.

The Flynn transcripts were declassified by former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who declassified a number of documents related to Flynn's case during his three-month tenure as the top U.S. intelligence official.

'So, you know, depending on, depending on what uh, actions they take over this current issue of the cyber stuff, you know, where they're looking like they're gonna, they're gonna dismiss some number of Russians out of the country, I understand all that and I understand that - that, you know, the information that they have and all that, but what I would ask Russia to do is to not - is - is - if anything - because I know you have to have some sort of action - to, to only make it reciprocal, ' Flynn asked. Trump later forced Flynn out for misleading the administration.

In one call on December 29, 2016, after the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russian Federation and expelled its diplomats for meddling in the election, Flynn specifically mentioned those actions.

But Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, one of the GOP senators who released the transcript, said Flynn had done nothing wrong.

President Barack Obama learned of Flynn's calls with Kislak before the then Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who carried out day-to-day operations in the Justice Department.

Indeed, Flynn didn't mention sanctions per se in the calls, though he spoke about the expulsions, which President Barack Obama announced together with the sanctions on December 29, 2016.

Flynn asked that Russian Federation not escalate the situation into a "tit-for-tat" beyond "reciprocal" action.

"Don't ― don't make it ― don't go any further than you have to", Flynn added.

"But I really don't want us to get into a situation where we're going, you know, where we do this and then you do something bigger, and then you know, everybody's got to go back and forth and everybody's got to be the tough guy here, you know?". "Are you following me?"

But the transcripts never show Flynn ever mentioning sanctions against Russian Federation in talking to Kislyak. Flynn said that even so, "cool heads" needed to prevail since the USA and Russian Federation had common interests in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. "There was nothing improper about his call".

There was no mention of sanctions at all, and it now becomes clear why the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn - who took no notes at the meeting - later told then-FBI Director James Comey that they "saw nothing to believe [he was] lying" and that they "saw no change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful".

"Your proposal that we need to act with cold heads, uh, is exactly what is uh, invested in the decision", Kislyak said.

Grenell also declassified and provided to Congress documents about "unmasking" requests made during the Trump transition - which is the process of certain United States officials requesting to view the names of hidden, or masked, Americans in foreign intelligence reports.

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