Flynn Resigns as Top National Security Adviser

Flynn Resigns as Top National Security Adviser

Flynn admitted that he "inadvertently briefed" the now Vice President Mike Pence with "incomplete information" about his calls with Kislyak. "I have sincerely apologized to the President and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology", read Flynn's letter, a copy of which was released by the White House.

"General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, including statements by the president suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and attempted interference in American elections", McCain said in a statement.

High-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to United States intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials tell CNN. Flynn has since told the White House that sanctions may have come up.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer seemed to stand by those earlier denials. Chris Christie on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's administration after Michael Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser following reports that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Federation.

"We in Congress need to know who authorised his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks", their statement said. The leaks that took down Flynn are more evidence of the president's already strained relationship with the intelligence community.

The Trump team's account of Flynn's discussions with the Russian envoy changed repeatedly over several weeks, including the number of contacts, the dates of those contacts and, ultimately, the content of the conversations.

Rumours of Flynn's removal were also fuelled when sources close to the White House told Politico on Monday that Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner was taking party in the search for potential replacements for Flynn.

Senate Intelligence Committee staff started collecting information in January on its broader probe of Russia's alleged interference in last year's election, according to Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who sits on the panel. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked the attorney general and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey for documents related to Flynn's resignation, and a briefing in two weeks.

CNN reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said it is "highly likely" that the Senate Intelligence Committee will look into Flynn's talks with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. After ticking off a series of purported victories-including incorrectly stating that he had secured the greatest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan and lamenting that he "inherited a mess" when he was sworn into office-the president grew increasingly agitated as he responded to a question about Flynn's resignation.

'Both were true, ' Conway said, referring to her statement and Spicer's.

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

We'll also check in on the planned meetings between President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, plus check in on California governor's race. He said they spoke only about the 35 Russian diplomats expelled by the Obama administration on December 29 as part of a final round of sanctions against Russia.