Russian Intercepts on Michael Flynn

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It was revealed that intercepted communications between Russian generals showed that the Kremlin regarded Michael Flynn as a ally of the Russian government and could be used as part of efforts to "compromise" then President-Elect Donald Trump. Flynn was reported as saying that the White House would consider dropping sanctions on the Russian Federation. The conversations were reported as deeply concerning by US intelligence officials, and many limited information given to Flynn. [1] Flynn was considered part of Moscow's efforts to compromise and influence the President, according to multiple top United States intelligence officials. [2][3][4]

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A CNN exclusive report claimed knowledge of communications of top Kremlin officials, and referenced efforts to compromise the President. It considers Flynn's close ties to the President a method that could be used to compromise him. Sources, including two from the Obama administration, told CNN that intercepts of Russian intelligence communications showed their agents bragging that they could use Michael Flynn to influence Donald Trump after the retired general joined the campaign. The sources also claimed that Flynn told Kislyak the Trump administration would look favorably on a decision by Russia to hold off on retaliating with its own sanctions. The next day, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said he wouldn't retaliate. [1]

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