What Does Flynn Know About Trump?

17 February, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Essie Rivera

Flynn resigned on Monday after revelations that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before President Donald Trump took office.

Late last month, the US Department of Justice warned the White House that Flynn could be in a compromised position as a result of the contradictions between the public depictions of the calls and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings of the conversations, which were picked up as part of routine monitoring of foreign officials' communications in the US.

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other senators in Trump's party pushed for more information as the White House becomes engulfed by questions about contacts between Trump's team and Russian Federation.

Vice Admiral Robert Harward, who was deputy commander of U.S. Central Command under Mattis, will likely replace Flynn, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the White House scrambled to contain the fallout from the abrupt departure of one of the president's top advisers.

Mr Flynn resigned over allegations he discussed USA sanctions with a Russian envoy before Donald Trump took office. Flynn admitted to giving "incomplete information" about his call, in which he discussed sanctions former President Obama placed on Russian Federation for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

Senate Democrats have called for a "full classified briefing by all relevant agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as soon as possible and certainly before Thursday, February 16".

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As Democrats called for further investigations following the resignation of Gen. Michael Flynn over conversations he had with the Russian ambassador, House Republicans refused to commit. Mr Pence - apparently relying on information from Mr Flynn - initially said sanctions were not discussed in the calls, although Mr Flynn has since told White House officials that the topic may have come up.

A day after Flynn's resignation, Trump claimed Flynn was "treated very, very unfairly" by the "fake media".

Flynn's close connection to the Russians allowed him access to Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.

At the end of December the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after the Kremlin interfered with the presidential election-an attack on American democracy (see article). The White House told the Post they've been wrestling with the situation for "days". "After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labour", the 66-year-old fast-food executive said in a statement, adding that he was "honoured" to have been considered by Mr Trump for the post. Flynn's speech at the 2016 Republican Convention on behalf of Mr. Trump endeared him to Trump supporters.

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for an investigation of potential criminal violations surrounding the resignation of Flynn. This misinformation led Pence to go on national television in mid-January and deny allegations about Flynn's discussion of US sanctions on Russian Federation. He also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should explain why Mr Flynn's conversation had been recorded.

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