With Flynn Out, Trump Faces Pressing Questions About National Security

Violet Powell
February 16, 2017

President Trump was reportedly told six days into his presidency that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn misled the vice president about his phone calls with Russian Federation, but did not tell his second-in-command.

Flynn is alleged to have made the phone call on December 29, the day that Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia in response to Russian interference in the presidential election.

The departure could slow Trump's bid to warm up relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is already known that President Trump knew of Flynn's contacts before they became public, because the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed him weeks ago. Spicer said the White House council determined "immediately" Flynn had not done anything illegal while communicating with Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, and said there was no legal issue with Flynn's conversation with Kislyak. Since it occurred during Obama's tenure in office, Flynn's conversation with Kislyak could constitute a federal crime under the Logan Act, which forbids private citizens from engaging in negotiations with hostile foreign powers. They reportedly came away thinking Flynn had not been fully forthcoming. In his resignation letter, Flynn admitted that he had given "incomplete information" about his phone conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.

"General Flynn's resignation is not enough", Bennet said in statement.

That's when then-acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates told the White House counsel that Flynn's misstatements had left him vulnerable to blackmail.

When the interactions were reported - U.S. intelligence routinely monitors all foreign embassies' communications including and specially the Russian (and the Indian missions) as do all host countries - Flynn claimed that, one, he spoke only once to the ambassador and, two, sanctions were not discussed. Harward was described by officials as the leading candidate.

Late-night hosts took aim at former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned after just 24 days on the job. "What did Flynn say", columnist David Ignatius wonders, "and did it undercut the USA sanctions?" The Kremlin has denied that any talks between Flynn and Russia's ambassador to the USA took place.

"There needs to be an independent, thorough review to get to the bottom of Trump's connections with Russia", Brian Fallon, Clinton's former press secretary, told CNN in an interview.

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Flynn for a number of reasons, and maybe the entire Trump administration", Ingraham said . The sanctions were meant to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election.

They are demanding that Trump administration preserve all its records from the transition period, citing "real concern" that officials might "try to cover up ties to Russia" by deleting emails, texts, or other documents establishing links between the Trump White House and the Kremlin, according to Schumer.

Flynn's leaving "may make a significant course change less likely, at least any time soon", the official said.

He said Tillerson would be negotiating with Russian Federation, not Flynn. Among other federal officials, the clause prohibits those with military title from receiving money from a foreign government without the consent of Congress. Flynn is under Army investigation for taking money from the Russians.

Kosachev also expressed his frustration with the Trump administration. "We have an Intelligence Committee", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview on MSNBC.

Reached by the Times, Manafort essentially said that he was never knowingly in contact with Russian spies but, hey, ya never know.

The Post's finding, confirmed by nine current and former U.S. officials, contrasted with the assurances made publicly by Vice-President Pence and other top administration officials that Flynn never talked about sanctions with Russian officials.

The committee's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes, thanked Flynn for his service.

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