More Trump Aides Will Leave With Michael Flynn, Source Says
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 0:04
Sources say the president is especially concerned with national security adviser Michal Flynn, who is now in hot water for discussing Russian sanctions with the Kremlin during the transition period despite his prior denial. Keith Kellogg is named acting national security adviser.
Flynn was an early Trump supporter who shared his expertise in intelligence and foreign affairs to the campaign. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, but his ties to Russian Federation caused concern among other senior aides.
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.
Around the time of those calls, Yediot Aharonot reported that USA intelligence officials had warned the Mossad against sharing any information that it would not want in Russian hands. However, U.S. intelligence officials did not find evidence that the president's team worked with Russian Federation to influence the election results.
The Washington Post first reported the communications with the Justice Department.
Trump has said nothing publicly about Flynn since the Washington Post reported last week that Flynn did discuss sanctions with the Russian official.
Flynn later told White House officials that he may have discussed sanctions with the ambassador.
Spicer said that Flynn communicating with Kislyak, or any other foreign counterpart, even before he took office, is part of the national security adviser's job in preparing for the transition of power.
Trump: Michael Flynn, General Flynn is a wonderful man.
"It's likely that General Flynn will be at some point asked to come and talk to the committee about both post-election activities and any other activities that he would be aware of,"Sen". On Tuesday, Russian lawmakers mounted a fierce defense of Flynn. "Either Trump hasn't found the necessary independence and he's been driven into a corner... or russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom".
Vice President Mike Pence was informed of the Justice Department warning regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn late on February 9, 11 days after the White House and the president knew, two sources tell NBC News. Flynn has since told the White House that sanctions may have come up.
"This was an act of trust - whether or not he actually misled the vice president was the issue", the press secretary said, saying Trump's trust in Flynn had "eroded".
Yet just minutes later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Mr Trump was "evaluating the situation".
January 13: A senior US official tells The Associated Press that the Obama administration is aware of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak, including one on December 29.
In 2015, 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. On the other hand, the officials who made the problems public did so using raw information that was in their possession for reasons we don't yet know and may not have any right whatsoever to know.
Pence said in televised interviews that Flynn had not discussed sanctions during his pre-inauguration calls with the Russian envoy.