US Intelligence Has Begun The Process Of Declassifying Data About Flynn's Conversations With Kislyak
Acting Director of national intelligence Richard Grenell said the documents should be published in full.
The US Intelligence Community has begun the process of declassifying data relating to contacts between former us President Donald trump's national security aide Michael Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, who was previously Russia's Ambassador to Washington. This was announced on Friday on Twitter by acting Director of national intelligence Richard Grenell.
In February 2017, Flynn was forced to resign from this post because he allegedly did not fully inform us Vice President Michael Pence about conversations with Kislyak. Flynn later pleaded guilty to withholding some information about his contacts with Kislyak from the FBI.
Grenell confirmed media reports that his office has begun the process of declassifying the data at its disposal about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak. "The intelligence community does not have all the transcripts and reports [about the conversations], this is not our product. I have already started the process of declassifying the few [documents] that we have received. However, they should be published in full. The public deserves to see them," he wrote.
Democrats in the US Senate are seeking disclosure of intelligence regarding Flynn's contacts with Kislyak. The senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner (from Virginia), insists on disclosing the content of these conversations and the corresponding reports of US Intelligence Agencies. He sent a request to Grenell. On Thursday, the Senate approved the Republican Congressman nominated by trump (from Texas), John Ratcliffe, as Director of national intelligence of the country. He will be sworn in soon.
The Flynn trial is still ongoing. He was never sentenced for hiding part of the information about his contacts with Kislyak from the FBI. On May 7, the US Department of Justice announced that the criminal prosecution against Flynn was terminated. The court in the Federal district of Columbia intends to hear the opinion of independent expert organizations before making any decision.
Flynn's case is being considered as part of an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 us presidential election. US Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, following a trial that lasted about two years, admitted that there was no collusion between Trump and the Russian authorities. Trump has repeatedly denied suspicions of any improper contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign. Moscow has also repeatedly rejected conclusions about attempts to influence the course of the US election.