After it was first reported Thursday night that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn did indeed discuss Barack Obama‘s sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it didn’t take long for the other shoe to trop. That came about 12 hours later, when Politico reported that Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t exactly lying when he said last month when he said that Flynn and Kislyak didn’t discuss the sanctions. Instead, he was misled, being told that the sanctions were not discussed during the call.
Politico doesn’t go as far as to say that Flynn lied to Pence, but the article does say that, according to “an administration official,” Pence’s claim came “after a conversation with Flynn and were guided by that conversation — leaving open the possibility that Flynn misled the Vice President.” Pence’s aides were reportedly not happy that he was put in such an awkward situation, and it’s probably safe to say those feelings will get even stronger now that the situation has gone public.
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