The White House has denied a story in The New York Times that Flynn informed White House Counsel Don McGahn, then the lawyer for Trump's transition,that he was under federal investigation for working as a lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign.
Senate panel subpoenas Flynn for Russia-related documents
<p>The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling.</p><p></p>Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, say the panel had first requested the documents from Flynn on April 28. They say Flynn's lawyer declined to cooperate with the request.
"I don't believe that was known," Spicer said when asked whether Trump knew about Flynn 's work before he appointed Flynn to his Cabinet. Fox News' Bret Baier asked Pence whether he would have "had to fire Flynn anyway"— even if Flynn had not misled him about his conversations with Russia's
Then Pence went on TV and claimed, incorrectly, that sanctions had never come up in Flynn ’s chat. If Trump cared so much about Pence being fully informed , why did he choose to keep him in the dark about Flynn ’s sanctions talk And now the NYT has three administration sources confirming just that
The source called the report of another discretion by Flynn "stunning."
This would be the second time that Pence claims he was kept in the dark about possible Flynn wrongdoings, despite the White House's alleged knowledge of them. Earlier this year, Pence said he was not made aware of Flynn's discussions with Russian officials until 15 days after Trump and the White House were notified.
The source close to the administration, who requested anonymity as the White House denies the story, is now saying that Pence and his team were not made aware of any investigation relating to Flynn's work as a foreign agent for Turkey.
"It's also a fact that if he told McGahn that during the transition, it's also a fact that not only was Pence not made aware of that, no one around Pence was as well," the source said. "And that's an egregious error — and it has to be intentional. It's either malpractice or intentional, and either are unacceptable."
Pence insists he didn't know Flynn was under investigation
Vice President Pence is standing by his claims that he did not know former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been secretly lobbying for the Turkish government until March, despite a new report claiming Flynn had actually disclosed to the Trump transition team back in January that he was under a federal investigation. Pence's office, in a statement Thursday, said the vice president “stands by his comments in March upon first hearing the news regarding General Flynn's ties to Turkey and fully supports the president's decision to ask for General Flynn's resignation.” However, on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Flynn first told Trump’s transition team on Jan. 4 that team he was under federal investigation for not initially reporting he was a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign. The Times said the disclosure was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel. All this renewed questions about why Flynn was still hired for the national security adviser position – and whether Pence, who was head of the Trump transition team, knew about it. Pence told Fox News in March that he was hearing about Flynn’s work for Turkey for the first time after news reports. “It's the first I heard of it, and I think it is an affirmation of the president's decision to ask General Flynn to resign,” Pence said.
That means we now know that Trump was informed about Flynn ’s discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Vice President Mike Pence and apparently decided not to inform him. Never miss a story from ThinkProgress, when you sign up for Medium.
Source : Pence kept in the dark due to attorney-client privilege 1:15. autoplay autoplay. Pence did not find out until Feb. 9, according to Marc Lotter. Trump was first informed about the Justice Department's concerns regarding Flynn on Jan.
The source said that if The Times story is true, blame would lie on McGahn and whoever he told for not informing the vice president or his advisers.
"The New York Times runs a story that says that Flynn actually confessed to McGahn that he's under federal investigation, and no one told the transition chairman or any of his senior team. None."
A White House aide said Thursday that Pence "stands by his comments in March upon first hearing the news regarding General Flynn's ties to Turkey."
The source close to the administration did not blame President Donald Trump for allegedly not making the vice president aware, suggesting it was likely the president had assumed Pence and his team were "in the loop."
The source also said Pence was not consulted about the decision to bring on Flynn as the National Security Adviser in November. The two men, according to the aide, "never" had a personal relationship and suggested the two may have never had a personal meeting during the transition.
"You never saw him promoting Flynn," the source asserted.
The source said there is concern about what the source called "a pattern" of keeping the vice president distant from information about possible Flynn wrongdoings.
"There's a pattern as it relates to the Flynn situation — vis a vis Pence — that he was never, either intentionally or unintentionally, made aware of the facts," the source close to the administration said.
Asked about a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings to Pencethat warned the transition team about Flynn's work for Turkey, the source asserted: "I'm not sure we saw the letter."