Former national security adviser Mike Flynn was fired by President Donald Trump in February after revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about the content of his communications with a Russian ambassador.
Now, as the FBI and two congressional committees investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, Flynn is in discussions to testify in front of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Flynn’s lawyer said in a statement March 30. “No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.”
Here’s what we know about Flynn’s request to the congressional committees, his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the Trump administration’s handling of the situation:
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Trump names Flynn as his national security adviser.
Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016
Flynn and Kislyak exchanged holiday greetings over texts, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer told reporters in a transition team phone call Jan. 13 that Flynn had texted Kislyak, wishing the Russian ambassador Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Flynn also said he looked forward to touching base and working with Kislyak, Spicer said.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
Firing back at alleged Russian efforts to influence the election, the Obama administration announced it was expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and placing sanctions on five Russia entities.
“I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber-operations aimed at the U.S. election,” Obama wrote in a statement. “These actions follow repeated private and public…