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Trump's national security advisor is under investigation for calls to Russia, report says


Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump's national security advisor, is under investigation for communication with Russian officials, The Wall Street Journal reports.

It's not clear when the investigation started or if it is still ongoing. The investigation aimed to determine if Flynn broke any laws, the Journal reports. 

Flynn reportedly called Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., on Dec. 29, the same day former President Obama announced new sanctions on Russia. 

We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation.
Sarah Sanders, White House spokesman

Trump press secretary Sean Spicer said the call was about logistics of arranging a conversation between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and did not involve the sanctions. 

The calls were captured by routine U.S. eavesdropping on Russian diplomats, CNN reports

Officials said there has been no determination of any wrongdoing. However, intelligence officials have created a task force to focus on Russian spying in the U.S., including meddling with the U.S. elections and other dealings tied to people close to Trump. 

The Journal's report came shortly after Flynn was sworn in as Trump's advisor.

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