President Donald Trump was unaware that Flynn, then his national security adviser, had spoken with the FBI until two days after the Jan. 24, 2017, interview took place, according to two people familiar with the matter. The first senior official to learn about Flynn’s interview with the FBI was White House counsel Don McGahn, who was told about it by then-acting attorney general Sally Yates.
Two people said Flynn did not include his own personal lawyer, speaking with federal agents alone. “No one knew that any of this was happening,” said another senior White House official. That meeting, a year ago today, would set off an unparalleled sequence of events that has involved the cooperation of many of the president’s top law and intelligence officials — including CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Yates — with the special counsel’s investigation.
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