White House sticks to claim Flynn ambushed by FBI

December 18, 2018 GMT

The White House on Tuesday stood by claims that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was essentially tricked into lying to the FBI.

“What we do know that was inappropriate ... is the way FBI broke standard protocol and the way they came in and ambushed Gen. Flynn,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

She said former FBI Director James Comey, whom Mr. Trump fired, detailed how he broke protocol to question Mr. Flynn.

“James Comey told us that and he told us the only reason he did it is because it was the Trump administration and he thought they could get away with it,” said Mrs. Sanders.

Mr. Comey made those remarks during a recent interview.

Mr. Flynn, who was forced to resign early in the administration, pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday delayed sentencing, though he said Mr. Flynn’s conduct was disgusting and possibly treasonous.

The judge said the delay of sentencing would allow more time for Mr. Flynn to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.