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CNN: FBI Won't Pursue Charges Against Flynn on Russian Call

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 10:18 PM

The FBI is not expected to pursue any charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn regarding a December telephone conversation with a Russian ambassador unless they learn of new information, according to news reports.

Law enforcement officials Thursday told CNN they would not pursue charges against the retired Army general, whom President Donald Trump fired Monday after learning he had withheld information about the call from Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence had told "Face the Nation" on CBS News on Jan. 15 that Flynn had not discussed Obama administration sanctions against Russia with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Flynn denied discussing the sanctions when the FBI interviewed him last month, despite communications proving the contrary that had been intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Flynn, 58, talked with the FBI on Jan. 24 and could have faced felony charges for lying to the agency if pursued by the Justice Department. The FBI falls under the department.

He also faced possible charges of violating the Logan Act, an obscure 1799 law that bars private citizens from interfering in diplomatic disputes.

A Flynn spokesman told the Post he had no response to its report — and the FBI declined to comment.

Flynn had said he did not discuss sanctions, but he told The Daily Caller on Monday morning he talked with Kislyak about the 35 diplomats expelled by President Barack Obama in response to Moscow's election-related hacking.

The Obama administration announced the sanctions and expulsions Dec. 29. The Post reported last week Flynn and Kislyak had talked that day.

"It was basically: 'Look, I know this happened. We'll review everything,'" Flynn told The Daily Caller about the conversation. "I never said anything such as, 'We're going to review sanctions,' or anything like that."

Flynn also told The Daily Caller "there were no lines crossed" in the conversation.

Trump called Gen. Flynn a "fine person" at a White House news conference Thursday and said Flynn had done nothing wrong in talking with the ambassador.

"I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence," Trump told reporters.

"When I looked at the information I said I don't think he did anything wrong," he added. "If anything, he did something right."

Trump added he did not direct Flynn to speak with the Russian official.

"I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him because that's his job," Trump said. "I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him if he didn't do it."

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