FBI not expected to press charges against Michael Flynn
Shortly after The Washington Post reported that disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn had, as many suspected, lied to the FBI about his conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, officials believe that the FBI likely will not press charges.
The FBI interviewers believed Flynn was cooperative and provided truthful answers. Although Flynn didn’t remember all of what he talked about, they don’t believe he was intentionally misleading them, the officials say.
There is still an ongoing, broader FBI review of Flynn and Russia-related dealings.
In a January 24 interview with federal investigators, Flynn said he had not spoken to Kislyak about the possible reversal of U.S. sanctions against Russia. It was later revealed that he had indeed touched on the topic during the communications with the ambassador, and on Monday night Flynn submitted his resignation. But if federal agents end up deciding to not pursue charges related to his making false statements to government officials, a question remains about Flynn’s possible violation of the Logan Act, an archaic body of law that prohibits private citizens from conducting foreign diplomacy on behalf of the United States.
This sage is far from over. Aside from the ongoing FBI review, an investigation has been underway in the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees.