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February 12, 2017
Rachel Maddow reports on the still-developing scandal that Donald Trump national security adviser, Mike Flynn, reportedly discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia before Trump was in office, and that communication existed during the campaign.
Below, CNN has confirmed parts of the Steele memo, the document containing intel collected by a former British spy who has since dropped out of site.
The memo is most famous for unsavory details, what CNN calls ” salacious allegations” of the President’s visits to Russia. The most important bits are those that cover the Trump organizations negotiations with Russia prior to the election, allegations that there was an agreement to drop sanctions against Russia, applied by President Obama after the invasion of Ukraine, in return for help in gaming the US election.
For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump’s inauguration.None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.The corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement “greater confidence” in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents, these sources say.Reached for comment this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.”
Robin Townley, the senior Africa director on the NSC, learned on Friday that the CIA had denied his “Sensitive Compartmented Information” security clearance.
CIA director Mike Pompeo approved of the rejection, the report said.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Flynn discussed sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador to the U.S. in December. Flynn earlier this week had denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
President Trump on Friday said he did not know of Flynn’s talk with Kislyak, but said he would look into the matter.
“I don’t know about that. I haven’t seen it. What report is that? I haven’t seen that. I’ll look into that,” the president told reporters.