A New York Times investigation has revealed new evidence that President Donald Trumps former national intelligence director, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, has lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
The new report from James Rosen and Jonathan Allen appears to bolster allegations that Flynn lied to the vice president about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
In the report, Flynn was also accused of lying to the House Intelligence Committee and Vice President Joe Biden’s administration about his discussions with Kislyak.
Flynn’s alleged conversation with Kislyak has been the subject of ongoing investigations since Flynn’s resignation in February of last year.
The New York report by James Rosen, Jonathan Allen and Aaron Zelin says that Flynn told Pence during their February 11, 2018 meeting in the Oval Office that the president had spoken to Kislyak, which the vice presidency has denied.
Flynn then lied about it to Pence during a call with the vice President’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, during which Flynn said he had “not spoken with anyone from Russia.”
Flynn was reportedly asked by Pence to provide his contact information.
The Times report says that after the Vice President’s office issued a statement denying the claim, Flynn gave Pence the same information he gave to Pence about the calls.
The report continues: The vice president said Flynn did not lie.
He said Flynn had not asked for anything and had nothing to do with Russia.
Trump has also denied that Flynn misled him and said he was “confident” that Flynn was truthful about the conversation.
On Thursday, Trump told reporters that the vice presidential press secretary had asked for the information and Flynn had told him, “He did not tell me anything.”
The report from Rosen and Allen adds to a long list of allegations against Flynn that have been made in the wake of his resignation, including that Flynn had misled Vice President Pence about discussions he had had with Kislyak and that he lied about his conversation with the ambassador.
Flynn resigned from his post as national security advisor following revelations that he had misled the vice presidency about his communications with Russia in a series of phone calls in late February and early March of last to Vice Presidency Pence.
He also told Pence that he did not have any discussions with Russia regarding sanctions.
Flynn was fired from his position as national intelligence chief after Trump fired the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, in May.
The president, Vice President and his senior aides have all denied the allegations.
The vice presidenctial office has also vehemently denied any wrongdoing.