President Donald Trump and his senior aides were completely unaware that national security adviser Michael Flynn met with FBI officials to discuss his contacts with Russian officials until two days after the interview, according to NBC News.
Flynn pleaded guilty last month to lying to FBI officials during the Jan. 24 meeting about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired 10 days into Trump’s tenure, told the president about Flynn’s meeting two days after it occurred, sources familiar with the interaction told NBC News.
Under normal circumstances, a lawyer for the National Security Council would have accompanied Flynn to the meeting but he reportedly decided to forego official representation and also opted against bringing his private attorney.
“No one knew that any of this was happening,” a senior White House official who was there at the time, told NBC News.
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