Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn apparently tried to keep his first interview with the FBI on the down low from the White House. NBC News shared this jolly bit of info Wednesday morning, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
It was in that first meeting with FBI officials that Flynn lied about his communications with Russian officials during the transition, as was revealed when he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017.
White House Counsel Don McGahn learned two days later, on Jan. 26, that the FBI had spoken with Flynn from Sally Yates, the acting attorney general at the time, according to NBC News. In that conversation, Yates told McGahn that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian officials, per NBC News. McGahn then passed along the news to President Donald Trump and other top White House officials, NBC reported.