United States counterintelligence officials have investigated Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night, citing “people familiar with the matter.”
The Wall Street Journal report follows the Associated Press’ reporting earlier in the month that Flynn had contact with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. on the same day that former President Obama enacted sanctions against Russia over its cyber attacks during the 2016 election.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer at the time acknowledged that Flynn spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak over the phone. Spicer said that the two discussed setting up a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Intelligence officials launched the investigation into Flynn’s communications with Russia to determine the nature of the calls and whether Flynn broke any laws, according to the Wall Street Journal. Officials have also looked into potential ties to Russia of former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Carter Page, the Journal reported. All three advisers denied wrongdoing to the Wall Street Journal.