Breaking: Transcript Reveals Flynn Did Not Seek To End Russian Sanctions Or Violate Logan Act
For years, Left-wing Democrats and Obama-era deep state actors have been telling Americans that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first national security advisor, was a conduit to Moscow, a Russian double agent or dupe who was selling out the country he served for more than three decades.
The proof, we were told, was in a December 2016 phone call between Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
The president’s top national security aide supposedly contacted the Russian diplomat and discussed plans to undermine the existing sanctions regime put in place by the outgoing Obama administration as part of a sinister plot masterminded by Trump, the Manchurian candidate.
But like so much of the ‘Russiagate’ narrative, it turns out that the claims made about the Flynn-Kislyak were a lie as well.
A newly released transcript of the call, first obtained by Fox News, shows that not only did Flynn not sell out his country, but he actually put it first and foremost, which is what a career military officer does.
Just The News summarized:
In the end, the words that Michael Flynn uttered to Russia’s ambassador that landed the former Trump national security in a three-year legal nightmare were simply this: “We need cool heads to prevail.”
That was the message Flynn delivered to Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 29, 2016, the day outgoing President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for meddling in the U.S. election, according to newly declassified transcripts of the conversation.
Yes, Flynn talked sanctions. But his message not to escalate a sanctions war was similar to what his future boss, Donald Trump, presented the next day and what many other experts recommended. And it was hardly words worthy of a crime or a counterintelligence threat, a fact that the career agents who worked the Flynn case concluded on their own before their bosses meddled in the matter.
“Bottom line: the phone call was a foreign policy discussion on behalf of an incoming president. It is of zero counterintelligence interest or any legitimate concern for the FBI,” former FBI assistant director for intelligence Kevin Brock told the news site.
“The fact that Flynn later misrepresented to the VP [Mike Pence] what he said about sanctions during the call is immaterial to the question of whether the FBI had any legal right to interview him in the first place,” he added. “It appears that the FBI interviewed Flynn because he signaled that the new administration might go in a different policy direction than the outgoing administration. That is not the FBI’s role.”
One lawmaker who has been doggedly pursuing the truth behind the Obama administration’s ‘Russiagate’ operation, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), agreed with Brock.
“All of the innuendo about Lt. General Flynn this whole time was totally bunk. There was nothing improper about his call, and the FBI knew it,” he said.
Fox News summarized the call:
The call starts off with the two men discussing the Middle East.
Kislyak tells Flynn that Russia “wanted to convey to” him and then-President-Elect Trump that they had “significant reservations about the idea of adopting new principles for the Middle East that our American colleagues are pushing for.” Kislyak says that Russia is “not going to support it.”
Flynn says: “Okay.”
Kislyak goes on to say that “U.S. policy might, uh, be changing or not, we want to understand what is going to be your policy when and if we are to implement things that we are working on.”Kislyak then requests that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump have a video meeting on a “secure video line,” so that Putin can “congratulate” Trump and “discuss a small number, briefly, of issues that are on his agenda,” for Jan. 21, 2017.
Flynn says: “OK,” before telling Kislyak: .“What I would ask you guys to do — and make sure you, make sure that you convey this, okay? Do not, do not uh, allow this administration to box us in right now, okay?”
Flynn is referring to the Obama administration’s move to sanction Russia and expel dozens of Russian diplomats due to what he calls “cyber stuff,” and urges Kislyak not to escalate further.
“What I would ask Russia to do is to not—is—is—if anything—because I know you have to have some sort of action—to, to only make it reciprocal,” Flynn said. “Make it reciprocal. Don’t-don’t make it-don’t go any further than you have to. Because I don’t want us to get into something that has to escalate, on a, you know, on a tit for tat. You follow me ambassador?”
Kislyak says: “I understand what you’re saying, but you know, you might appreciate the sentiments that are raging now in Moscow.”
Flynn says he does “appreciate it, but I really don’t want us to get into a situation where we’re going, you know, where we do this and then you do something bigger, and then you know, everybody’s got to go back and forth and everybody’s got to be the tough guy here, you know?”
Flynn adds: “We don’t need to, we don’t need that right now, we need to—we need cool heads to prevail, and uh, and we need to be very steady about what we’re going to do because we have absolutely a common uh, threat, in the Middle East right now.”
Kislyak says he agrees, and Flynn says: “We have to eliminate this common threat.”
Kislyak goes on to discuss sanctions, saying that “one of the problems among the measures that have been announced today is that now FSB and GRU are sanctions, are sanctioned, and I ask myself, uh, does it mean that the United States isn’t willing to work on terrorist threats?”
Flynn dismisses the comments, by saying: “Yeah, yeah … yep … yeah.” He then urges Kislyak: “If you have to do something, do something on a reciprocal basis, meaning you know, on sort of an even basis. Then that, then that is a good message and we’ll understand that message.
“And then, we know that we’re not going to escalate this thing, where we, where because if we put out–if we send out 30 guys and you send out 60, you know, or you shut down every Embassy, I mean we have to get this to a–let’s keep this at a level that uh, is even-keeled, okay? And then what we can do is, when we come in, we can then have a better conversation about where we’re gonna go uh, regarding, uh, regarding our relationship.”
Flynn added: “And also, basically we have to take these, these enemies on that we have. And we definitely have a common enemy. You have a problem with it, we have a problem with it in this country, and we definitely have a problem with it in the Middle East.”
Later in the call, Flynn tells Kislyak to “remember … Ambassador, you’re not talking to a diplomat, you’re talking to a soldier, so l’m a very practical guy, and it’s about solutions. It’s about very practical solutions that we’re - that we need to come up with here.”
He added: “And we have to stop talking past each other on - and so that means that we have to understand exactly what it is that we want to try to achieve, okay?”
Kislyak replies by saying he agrees “fully.”