In Latest Trump Administration Drama, News Media Finds Its Focus

Violet Powell
February 15, 2017

"We had been reviewing this for weeks". He was asked why it took more than two weeks for the president to take action after the Justice Department warned the White House and Spicer said the president asked the White House counsel to look into it.

Not only that the new revelation put Mr. Flynn in a spot, but also triggered strife within the close circle of presidential advisers.

"We know that the intelligence agencies are not too happy with Gen. Flynn for a number of reasons, and maybe the entire Trump administration", Ingraham said.

Democrats are so far leading the charge for Flynn to testify before Congress as part of ongoing inquiries into whether Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election, but have been joined by a handful of key Republicans.

It's illegal for private citizens to conduct USA diplomacy. The sanctions were meant to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election.

According to the White House, Flynn resigned late Monday, hours after Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway insisted Flynn enjoyed "the full confidence of the president".

Officials said Flynn apologised to Pence twice, including in person on Friday. The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Community are investigating.

Mr. Flynn held that office for less than a month before his resignation on Monday. An administration official had said Flynn had apologized personally to Pence, who is said to be troubled by the possibility he was misled. "The issue, pure and simple, came down to a matter of trust". But there was the issue of trust.

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Was General Flynn directed or authorized to do what he did?

"I think it's symbolic of somebody with a distinguished military career making a bad mistake", Cornyn said.

The revelations were another destabilising blow to an administration that has already suffered a major legal defeat on immigration, botched the implementation of a signature policy and stumbled through a string of embarrassing public relations missteps.

Sally Yates, who was deputy attorney general at the time the assessment was compiled, said the nature of Flynn's calls with Russian Federation were "highly significant" and "potentially illegal".

"The fact is that I can't reveal what the White House knew or didn't know and who in the White House knew or didn't know", she said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Reporter: Flynn, a retired three-star general, was one of candidate Donald Trump's most influential and fervent advisers, firing up the Republican convention with his blistering attacks on Hillary Clinton.

Republican John McCain, chairman of the Senate armed services committee, said Mr Flynn's resignation was a "troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus" and raises questions about Mr Trump's intentions towards Russian Federation.

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