READ: Newly declassified transcripts of Flynn calls with Russia ambassador

Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday MORE on Friday declassified the transcripts related to Michael Flynn’s conversations with a Russian diplomat during the presidential transition in 2016.

The move follows a push from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to release the transcripts of conversations between Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. at the time.

During the calls, the retired three star lieutenant general discussed Obama administration sanctions shortly before President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE took office.


The newly unveiled transcripts come amid attacks by Trump and his allies over Flynn's prosecution for lying to Congress, as they say he was unfairly targeted by Obama-era officials.

The full transcripts can be read below: