Mr. Flynn told the ambassador that Russia should not retaliate in response to the sanctions. In a subsequent call, Mr. Kislyak told Mr. Flynn that “Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”
Dec. 30, 2016: Putin Declines to Retaliate
The following day, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia announced that Moscow would not retaliate against the United States for its latest round of sanctions, surprising some in the Obama administration who had expected an aggressive response from Mr. Putin.
In response to Mr. Putin’s announcement, Mr. Trump praised the Russian president.
Jan. 15, 2017: Pence Says He Is Unaware of Flynn’s Discussions
Mike Pence, the Vice President-elect who was the head of the transition team, has said repeatedly that he did not know that Mr. Flynn had discussed sanctions on the calls with Mr. Kislyak. Here is an interview that Mr. Pence gave to CBS News:
Feb. 9, 2017: Flynn’s Conversation Is Revealed
The Washington Post reported that Mr. Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions with the ambassador. In the days after that story, Mr. Pence read a transcript of at least one of the calls and saw that Mr. Flynn had mislead him, according to lawyers briefed on the investigation.
Feb. 13, 2017: Flynn Is Fired
President Trump fired Mr. Flynn.
Feb. 14, 2017: White House Says Flynn Violated President’s Trust
The following day, Sean Spicer, then the White House spokesman, said that Mr. Flynn had been fired for misleading Mr. Pence and other officials about what transpired on the phone calls with Mr. Kislyak.
“We’ve been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth,” he said.
“We got to a point not based on a legal issue, but based on a trust issue, where a level of trust between the President and General Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change. The President was very concerned that General Flynn had misled the Vice President and others.”
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