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Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing entitled Current and Future Worldwide Threats. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Flynn apologized to Pence after admitting he may have discussed sanctions with Russia


The White House announced Monday night that President Trump is "evaluating the situation" regarding National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. 

Early Monday, a top White House aide told reporters Trump has "full confidence" in Flynn. 

USA Today, however, reported that Flynn "can't recall" whether he discussed the sanctions the Obama administration placed on Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office. 

Flynn also apologized to Vice President Mike Pence over the phone Monday, because Pence defended him on CBS last month, a White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity told USA Today.  In that CBS interview, Pence publicly vouched for Flynn, saying the national security adviser had not discussed those sanctions with Russia's ambassador before the inauguration. 

"They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia," Pence said on CBS's Face the Nation. 

Last week, however, The Washington Post reported that Flynn and Kislyak communicated by text message, by phone and in person. Flynn previously said his conversations with Kislyak were general and included holiday greetings. 

After the Post's report, citing nine unnamed intelligence sources who said Flynn did discuss sanctions, the national security adviser changed his story. White House aide Kellyanne Conway said that he may have discussed sanctions but cannot be certain. 

Two U.S. officials told the Post that Flynn's conversations with Kislyak led him to believe the Trump administration would reevaluate the sanctions the Obama administration placed on Russia. 

“Kislyak was left with the impression that the sanctions would be revisited at a later time,” one official said.


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