Flynn told investigators Russia asked for Trump-Putin video call day after inauguration

Prosecutors have released a less-redacted version of an FBI memo describing the interview agents had with President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE’s national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017.

The document shows that Flynn told investigators that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak asked him during a Dec. 28, 2016, phone call to set up a “VTC,” an apparent reference to a video teleconference, between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinIncoming national security adviser calls for immediate release of Kremlin critic Navalny Kremlin critic Navalny detained in Moscow upon return to Russia Navalny planning return to Russia on Sunday MORE.


Flynn told investigators that Kislyak requested that the video conference occur on Jan. 21, the day after Trump was inaugurated as president, according to the memo.

Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Kislyak, particularly by denying that the two discussed sanctions on Moscow imposed by the Obama administration in response to Russian interference in the election. The guilty plea was part of a deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s investigation in December 2017.

The memo, a more restricted version of which was released in December, shows that Flynn repeatedly denied having any discussions with Kislyak about the sanctions on Russia when questioned by the agents.

The new version of the memo, known as an FD-302, also shows that Flynn told FBI agents that he met with Kislyak and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerElection misinformation dropped 73 percent following Trump's suspension from Twitter: research The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to expect for inauguration Secret Service renting K a month apartment near Ivanka and Jared for bathrooms, office space: report MORE at Trump Tower in New York City following the 2016 election. The meeting has previously been subject to press reporting and is referenced in Mueller’s 448-page report, a redacted version of which was released in April following the conclusion of his investigation. The memo describes the meeting as “sensitive.”

“KISLYAK was in New York to meet with his diplomats, and the three had a relatively sensitive meeting. FLYNN was a late addition to the meeting and did not participate in setting it up,” the memo states.

“FLYNN believed the meeting took place before Thanksgiving but was unsure of the date. FLYNN explained that other meetings between the TRUMP team and various foreign countries took place prior to the inauguration, and were sensitive inasmuch as many countries did not want the then-current administration to know about them,” it continues.

Flynn also told the FBI that he and other members of the Trump administration met with representatives of other countries “to set expectations for them, and the expectations were set very high.”

Mueller’s report provided an exhaustive account of numerous contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The special counsel did not find evidence to charge members of the campaign with conspiring with Russia to interfere in the election.

The memo was first made public by Mueller’s prosecutors in December, before Flynn was scheduled to be sentenced. Flynn requested to postpone his sentencing until after he was finished cooperating with the government, after Judge Emmet Sullivan criticized him in court and suggested he could receive jail time.

Flynn is expected to testify against his former business partner Bijan Kian at a trial this summer and be sentenced sometime after that. His case is currently being handled by federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., after Mueller concluded his investigation.

Sullivan granted prosecutors’ request earlier Thursday to disclose more information from the memos because there no longer exists a “compelling government interest” to keep them sealed.

The new details come amid other drama in Flynn’s case. Earlier Thursday, a court filing revealed Flynn had fired his Covington & Burling attorneys and replaced them with new counsel.