ABC news takes it a step further, reporting from an anonymous source that “Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.” - though NBC News reports it was Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner.
Grand irony: the underlying action that Flynn now admits he lied to the FBI about was urging de-escalation with a nuclear power, which is now no longer permissible pic.twitter.com/Vh4Nxz0nWK— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 1, 2017
As Andrew McCarthy of the National Review points out;
BREAKING: Jared Kushner is the “very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” mentioned in the statement of offense against Michael Flynn, two people familiar with the matter tell @NBCNews https://t.co/4ZLASVAX9b— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 1, 2017
The end of Drumpf? ???????? pic.twitter.com/rxoqWyfFTv— ZeroPointNow (@ZeroPointNow) December 1, 2017