President Trump, former FBI director James B. Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn's stories are entangled, to say the least. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

Only seven weeks in the winter of 2016-2017. That’s how much time elapsed between fateful phone calls made by incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn and his firing by President Trump.

On Dec. 1, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts he had with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. He was charged by special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III, who was appointed after FBI Director James B. Comey was fired by Trump because of the probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

The Fact Checker has previously published a comprehensive timeline detailing the events surrounding Flynn’s guilty plea. We have also published a similar timeline of the differences between Trump and Comey’s accounts of events. The video above complements the timeline — drawing from congressional testimony, sworn statements and new reports — to lay out how Trump, Comey and Flynn’s paths intersect — and how their statements contradict each other.

 

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