The Washington Post reported on Thursday that nine current and former US officials who had access to intercepted communications between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak say that Flynn made explicit references to election-related sanctions.
One of the calls took place on December 29, the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in response to a USA intelligence assessment that the Russian government had interfered in the us presidential election with the goal of helping Trump. Last month Pence went on CBS's Face the Nation and repeated that story.
ABC News has reached out to Flynn's office for comment. A Trump campaign spokesman told me several hours later that Kislyak had also told Flynn that a Trump representative should attend a peace conference on Syria that would take place after the inauguration in Astana, Kazakhstan.
In an interview this week, Flynn twice flatly denied discussing sanctions with Kislyak, the Post says.
"President Trump's kowtowing to [President] Vladimir Putin is endangering our national security and emboldening a risky tyrant", Pelosi added. The sanctions were a response to the USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election by hacking email correspondences between Democratic Party officials.
Democrats have since the campaign been raising questions about Flynn, who in 2015 accepted a fee to speak at the 10th anniversary of RT, the English-language broadcaster widely seen as a Russian government propaganda outlet.
After Obama imposed the sanctions, a retaliation seemed certain.
Flynn on Wednesday denied discussing sanctions with Kislyak, but Flynn's spokesman on Thursday said Flynn was not sure whether sanctions were discussed. It appears the topic of sanctions came up in an incidental, off-hand way and the general dismissed discussing until later.
'Flynn communicated with high-ranking Russian officials both before and after a presidential election that, according to our intelligence community, Russia actively worked to influence on behalf of Donald Trump.
There is concern about yet another potential leak of very sensitive information.
Following the latest revelations the Trump administration said Mr Pence had been relying on the information given to him by Mr Flynn when he made the denial. He also said Trump's team had no contact with Russian Federation during the campaign.
It was revealed shortly thereafter that Flynn had spoken with Russia's ambassador to the United States just after Obama imposed sanctions, but Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, the ambassador, said the calls were routine and did not address the sanctions. "I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these weird rumors that have swirled around the candidacy".
"General Flynn should be suspended and have his intelligence clearance revoked until the facts are known about his secret contacts with the Russians".
Since Flynn is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, he knows that such communications are monitored by the U.S. The New York Times reports that in light of Flynn's background, federal officials who saw the transcript were surprised he made the remarks, and even more surprised that the Trump administration publicly denied that sanctions were discussed.