Former national security adviser Michael Flynn said he didn't talk about sanctions on Russia when he spoke with the country's U.S. ambassador late last year.
Flynn, who resigned Monday night, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group on Monday that the conversation did include talk of the 35 Russian diplomats who were expelled by then-President Obama in December, but not Obama's sanctions.
“So that’s what it turned out to be. It was basically, ‘Look, I know this happened. We’ll review everything.’ I never said anything such as, ‘We’re going to review sanctions,’ or anything like that.
“If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed.”
“For the vice president, I feel terrible. I put him in a position. He’s a man of incredible integrity. I think the world of him. He is so good for our country,” Flynn said in the interview with the Daily Caller.
“I should have said, ‘I don’t know. I can’t recall,’ which is the truth. Looking back, that’s what I should have done.”
Flynn claimed his conversation with Russia in December was "not to relieve sanctions."
"It was basically to say, 'Look, we're coming into office in a couple of weeks. Give us some time to take a look at everything,'" he said.