“The Whole Thing Is Completely Absurd”: Kremlin Blasts Notion That Flynn “Influenced” Putin

Monday, December 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Dec 4, 2017

As the U.S. media and Washington D.C. legislators continue to lose their collective minds over the Michael Flynn charges, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov took to the podium earlier today to dismiss the notion that Flynn’s comments to former ambassador Sergey Ivanovich had any impact on Putin’s ultimate decision to retaliate against U.S. sanctions as “completely absurd.” Per the RT:

“Flynn was in no position to request anything of Sergey Ivanovich [Kislyak, Russia’s former US ambassador] let alone to expect any requests to be relayed to Vladimir Putin – the whole thing is completely absurd,” said the Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov during a media briefing in Moscow.

In the end Russia did postpone its response, but Peskov says that “the decision was taken by Putin alone, and cannot be attributed to any requests or recommendations.”

“What information Putin receives from his ambassadors is of no concern to anyone else,” said Peskov. “The Russian president makes all decisions independently on the basis, as he has said many times, of Russia’s national interest.”

For those who may have just returned from a remote island and missed the “shocking” revelations of the past three days, as we’ve detailed numerous times, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn plead guilty last Friday to lying under oath by denying to the FBI that he urged the Russian ambassador to delay a decision on retaliating against U.S. sanctions and attempted to influence a U.N. vote. Of course, the conversations in question happened after the election, during the transition period, and wouldn’t have been an issue but for Flynn’s seemingly inexplicable decision to lie about them. Here’s more from NBC:

A two-page charging document filed last week listed two false statements Flynn made about his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December 2016. It said Flynn falsely claimed that he had not asked Kislyak “to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the U.S. had imposed against Russia,” and that he didn’t recall Kislyak telling him Russia had decided to moderate its response as a result of his request.

Prior to the Dec. 29 call with Kislyak, Flynn called a senior official with the presidential transition team who was with other members of the team at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to discuss what to say to the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions, according to the statement of offense.

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