Russian government officials tried to use Mike Flynn to influence President Trump during the campaign and into the administration, according to a report late Friday.

U.S. intelligence officials discovered conversations of Moscow officials bragging about their strong relationship with the then-campaign adviser and banking on how it could benefit them if Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, CNN reported.

Conversations between the Russians commonly referred to Flynn as an ally.

In December, intelligence officials intercepted a call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The two had been discussing U.S.-imposed sanctions against Moscow.

Flynn then lied about the conversation to Vice President Mike Pence after being appointed national security adviser.

The episode led a reluctant Trump to insist on Flynn's resignation in February.