Michael Flynn Jr., son of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, issued two tweets earlier this afternoon claiming his father never lied to Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he allegedly had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016.
@GenFlynn did not lie to Pence (or anyone else in the admin) about his perfectly legal and appropriate conversations w Russian AMB Kislyak in Dec 2016. Why would a highly decorated military intel officer lie about something legal? Been a MSM lie from day 1
Here’s another MSM lie There was never anything my father had 2 protect me from because I was never involved in or did anything illegal. Any1 who knows me, knows I operate w incredible integrity. This narrative that
@GenFlynn had 2 “plea 2 protect his son” has been false from day 1.
President Donald Trump fired Flynn Sr. less than three weeks into his job for lying to Pence about the encounter with Kislyak. At least, that’s the story the White House has been telling for the past year.
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with high-level Russians during the presidential transition period. Shortly after his plea, Flynn issued a statement saying he understands and accepted the consequences of his actions.
I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflects a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.
If true, Flynn Jr.’s statement blows a massive hole in Pence’s account of what happened and calls into question the real reason Flynn was fired. “I was disappointed to learn that … the facts that had been conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn were inaccurate,” Pence said in December.