Jan. 24, 2017
Two FBI agents interview Michael Flynn at the White House about his contacts with the Russians.
The Justice Department receives details of Flynn’s interview with the FBI, and officials decide to inform the White House he is lying about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets with White House counsel Don McGahn to inform him that Flynn was interviewed by the FBI, lied to senior administration officials when he told them he had not discussed U.S. sanctions with Kislyak, and could be blackmailed by the Russians.
McGahn requests a second meeting with Yates at the White House, during which he asks to review the transcripts of Flynn’s phone calls with Kislyak that she cited as evidence he lied.
Flynn attends President Donald Trump’s first call with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office.
Yates calls McGahn to tell him he can review transcripts. Trump fires Yates later in the day, citing her refusal to defend his executive order banning citizens of some majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S..
Flynn appears in the White House briefing room to put Iran “on notice.”
A Washington Post reporter asks Flynn if he’s sure he didn’t discuss sanctions with Kislyak. Flynn says he’s sure, but later that night calls his spokesperson to say he’s no longer certain. His spokesperson calls the Post reporter with a new statement saying while Flynn “had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
The Post publishes a story citing multiple anonymous sources saying Flynn did discuss sanctions with Kislyak, and includes his statement backtracking from his previous comments that he did not. White House lawyers and the chief of staff learn about Flynn’s new position for the first time. They press Flynn on whether he discussed sanctions with Kislyak, and Flynn says he can’t remember. Pence first learns that Flynn lied to him.
The FBI brings the transcripts of Flynn’s calls with Kislyak to the White House for Pence and several other officials to read. Flynn travels with Trump to the president’s private club in South Florida, Mar-a-Lago, for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Flynn flies back to Washington on Air Force One as senior White House official Stephen Miller has no answer on the Sunday morning news shows about whether Trump still has confidence in Flynn.
Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, says Trump has full confidence in Flynn, while White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump is “evaluating the situation” and speaking with Pence about the issue. Flynn was later told to resign as national security adviser.
Trump says to FBI Director James Comey in a one-on-one conversation in the Oval Office, “I hope you can let this go” with respect to the Flynn investigation, according to Comey.