Trump did not instruct Flynn to talk about Russian sanctions, Spicer says

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says former national security adviser Michael Flynn fell victim to "a political assassination" that ultimately led to his resignation earlier this week.

The New York Times reported that United States intelligence agents intercepted calls showing that members of Trump's 2016 campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the November 8 presidential election.

This and other tweets came as The New York Times reported that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Trump's campaign team "had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election" in which Russia is accused of interfering via the hacking of Democratic officials.

Keith Kellogg has been named Donald Trump's acting national security adviser after the retired general Michael Flynn resigned accused of entanglement with the Kremlin and misleading the vice-president.

A Democrat representative has strongly criticised Mike Flynn's reported communication with Russian Federation ahead of Donald Trump's election win describing "conspiring" with Russian Federation as "the definition of treason".

The people must hope that Flynn's extremely poor judgment, in both his contacts with Russian Federation and with his giving misinformation to Vice President Pence about those contacts - whereupon Pence defended him - is an aberration. Flynn in his resignation letter said he had "inadvertently" misinformed Vice President Mike Pence and Trump about discussing sanctions during his talk with the official.

The White House has pushed back on suggestions that national security matters were discussed during the public dinner, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying Monday that those at the table were only "reviewing the logistics for the press conference" about the matter.

"I think most Americans have a right to know whether or not this was a General Flynn rogue maneuver or was he basically speaking for somebody else in the White House", Graham said. Pence learned about the Justice Department warnings to the White House around the same time.

Flynn, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, said Monday "there were no lines crossed" in his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Richard Burr of North Carolina, told reporters that "aggressive" oversight would continue "privately".

"Representatives of the U.S. embassy in Russia communicate with Russian officials, meet with foreign ministry officers".

When answering a questing about contacts between representatives of the two countries, Peskov stressed that "working contacts are maintained". President Trump has made it very clear he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea. "It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out", Flynn said.

"General Flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the Russian ambassador".

After the USA sanctions were announced, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the uncharacteristic step of announcing he would not respond in kind, and instead he invited US diplomats in Moscow to join Christmas celebrations at the Kremlin. Warner said he views the Flynn resignation as "part of what's going to be a much larger investigation", and that Flynn should testify "the sooner the better" as part of it.

  • Leroy Wright