Russian officials thought they could use Flynn to influence Trump

Flynn agreed to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees in late March in exchange for immunity from prosecution, but neither committee has agreed so far.

As news broke in February that Flynn had discussed sanctions imposed on Russian Federation with the country's ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration, Pence was caught in the crosshairs. Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem.

Brown said that "multiple sources" confirmed that Russian operatives boasted that they had cultivated a relationship with Flynn "that they could use to influence Donald Trump and his team".

Trump came under pressure following his decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey earlier in May. The article spiked a series of eyebrows, and prompted the Justice Department to inform Flynn that it was looking into his lobbying.

Flynn reportedly made it clear to those at the table that he still supports Trump, despite getting fired, and that the feelings of loyalty are mutual.

Two former senior administration officials said it was retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who rejected such a move, telling the Obama team that the Trump team first wanted to conduct its own review of an ISIS strategy.

Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of one of Trump's favorite websites, InfoWars, used that sentence to dismiss the entire Trump-Russia investigation as the "witch hunt" Trump himself called it in a Thursday morning tweet.

The Daily Beast has a weird report that says two things. One of the things they apparently discussed was a back channel so that Trump and Putin could communicate without going through the national security apparatus.

February 13: Flynn resigns from his position as National Security Advisor, after it was discovered that he lied to Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

On its face, it makes zero sense. "Trump's showing the media that they can't control him". And that raises another question: if Pence, as vice-president elect, was being kept out of the loop, why were others in the incoming administration lying to him? (It also probably didn't hurt that Flynn had been fired by Trump nemesis Obama.) If Trump defers to anyone, it's generals. That call, and Flynn's changing story about it, ultimately led to his firing as Trump's first national security adviser.

"It's rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power", Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state, said to Reuters. Second, that he wants to bring Flynn back if the investigation of him doesn't turn up anything. Everything else paled in comparison to that.

Flynn went on to say the Trump administration would revisit the sanctions imposed since Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014, the sources said, and Putin followed his advice, announcing the next day that he would not retaliate. And Flynn had been one of Trump's most loyal allies. Everyone sees that. Everyone, it seems, except Trump.