Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor to Trump administration
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Specifically, Flynn told Pence he had not discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador Obama administration's December 29 order sanctioning Russian spy agencies and expelling 35 suspected Russian spies from U.S. territory. In his resignation letter, Flynn referred to his statements as "incomplete information" and said he'd apologized to Pence.. Pence later went on television and relayed this to the public. However, U.S. intelligence officials had recorded Pence and Kislyak's conversations. According to one such official, Flynn insinuated to Kislyak then-President-elect Trump would be pleased if Russia did not retaliate for the
Under the 1799, individual U.S. citizens are not allowed to negotiate with foreign governments without permission, and Flynn may have violated it, but law professor said the real issue is whether Flynn lied to the . In remarks to a senior intelligence official said Flynn had not been shown to have done anything illegal. Press Secretary said the resignation was due to a "trust issue" rather than any legal concern.
According to White House spokespeople, President Trump was informed Flynn had misled Pence last month by then-acting Attorney General, while Vice President Pence did not learn of this until news reports surfaced earlier this week. claimed Trump asked Flynn to resign because of the media response and not because of the conversation with Pence itself. There is significant opposition in the to lifting sanctions against Russia. Several Democrats and some have called for investigation of the Trump administration's ties with the country.
Retired general, who served as an advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign, was selected as Flynn's acting replacement.
- "U.S. responds to Russian election hacking with expulsions, sanctions" — Wikinews, December 31, 2016
- Richard Greenberg, Alex Johnson, Kristen Welker and Alastair Jamieson. "Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser Over Talks With Russia" — , February 14, 2017
- Steve Holland and Richard Cowan. "Trump knew for weeks that aide was being misleading over Russia: White House" — , February 14, 2017