The FBI learned during the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that a Russian ambassador had attempted to set up a video call between President Trump and President Putin the day after Trump’s inauguration, according to Politico.
After Trump’s inauguration On January 21, 2017, a Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak tried to set up a phone call between Trump and Putin. This information was found in the interview notes of a senior FBI agent released on Thursday.
Peter Strzok, the leading FBI agent investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, first gained this information during an interview with Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn’s interview took place a few days into Trump’s term. Flynn resigned as National Security Adviser in 2017 and has plead guilty to lying to the FBI about connections with Russia.
U.S. and Russian officials have never confirmed that a conversation took place between Trump and Putin, but the White House offered a readout of a “congratulatory call” from the Russian leader that happened two days after the inauguration.