Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russian Federation contacts

  • Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russian Federation contacts

Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russian Federation contacts

Flynn has since backtracked on his story and apologized directly to the Vice President. Mr Trump has the chance to appoint a solid figure, such as Robert Harward, a former Navy SEAL commander, as his national security adviser.

On Monday, Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, said Flynn "does enjoy the full confidence of the president".

In particular, the Post report contradicted then Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that he was assured by Flynn that sanctions were not discussed when Flynn called Sergey Kislyak in late December. On Friday, Trump said he didn't know about reports that Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian Federation.

But White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted there were no legal problem with Flynn's conversations, but rather the way the matter was handled undermined Trump's and Pence's trust in him as an adviser.

Gen Flynn resigned on Monday - less than a month into the job - after he allegedly discussed U.S. sanctions against Moscow with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a phone call late previous year.

President Donald Trump said reports that members of his campaign team had multiple contacts with Russian officials during his presidential campaign are "fake news" and called the storyline "fabricated" by those bitter over Hillary Clinton's election loss.

"We in Congress need to know who authorized his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks", their joint statement said. We don't know. But the first question was about "reports" - not just the Post report - and the Flynn story had been widely reported by the afternoon of February 10.

"What's important is Mike Flynn, with his hand raised, testifying in an open hearing in the Intelligence Committee", he told TWS when asked about releasing the phone call transcripts. Rumors are flying throughout Washington about the disarray in the national security offices of the White House.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that USA intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised.

Question: "Mr. President, very simply you said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ron Reagan".

In 2015, Mr Flynn was paid to attend a gala dinner for Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed television station, and sat next to Russian president Vladimir Putin during the event.

He also demanded measures to protect the Department of Justice from any obstruction by the White House, saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a close ally and confidant of the president, must recuse himself from the department's probes.

Spicer, Feb. 14: We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth. Cummings and other Democrats have previously asked Chaffetz for a committee investigation of contacts between Trump associates and Russia-and he has ignored these requests.

"Sounds like he did the right thing, he didn't want to be a distraction", Chaffetz said of Flynn.

Kosachev also expressed his frustration with the Trump administration.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Flynn's departure did not end the questions over his contacts with the Russians.