Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said that the key question from the story involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador is why the retired general failed to tell Vice President Pence the truth about their discussion.

The criticisms of the conversation between Flynn and Sergey Kislyak "sounded very odd and non scandalous," Krauthammer said, calling it a "good thing" that Flynn was making contact with an envoy as the administration entered its transition phase.

"The key to the Russia stuff is 'why did he lie about it?'" he said.


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Reports said Flynn was not truthful about the conversation when discussing it with Pence, who went on news programs with the faulty information he was told.

The "second story" in the situation is "the revenge of the intelligence community," he said.

Krauthammer said it is normal for intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on conversations with foreign leaders, but abnormal for the American counterpart in the conversation to have his identity revealed.

The leaks, he said, could be a sign from the intelligence bureaucracy that Trump "messed with the wrong agency" when he criticized them during the campaign.

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