US Spy Agencies Probe Trump’s National Security Adviser’s Ties to Russia
US counterintelligence agents have looked into the communications between President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and Russian officials, US media reported.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Treasury Department have investigated the communications of Flynn, but it is unclear when the probe began, if it finished and what results it produced, the Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on Sunday, citing undisclosed sources.
According to the newspaper, the investigation’s goal was to discover the nature of Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials and the degree of their compliance with law.
The inquiry reportedly focused on the telephone call Flynn made to Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak on December 29, 2016, when the latter invited Flynn to participate in the peace talks on Syria in Astana.
The White House reportedly denied any knowledge of a probe or even any grounds for an investigation.
Flynn would not be the only member in Trump’s administration whose links to Russia have faced intense scrutiny. Trump’s pick for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to report in detail on his prospective policy regarding Russia at his confirmation hearing amid media questioning his ties to Moscow.