Congressman Thompson's Statement on the Resignation of National Security Advisor Flynn
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 21:47
A US official confirmed a Washington Post report that Sally Yates, the then-acting USA attorney general, told the White House late last month that she believed Flynn had misled them about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
On Monday, Trump asked for the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn following revelations that the Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Federation.
The warning about Flynn was delivered to the White House counsel's office by then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a career prosecutor who was held over from the Obama administration, said the official who requested anonymity to speak about the sensitive matter.
The president is said to be "evaluating" the situation around Flynn, although White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday afternoon that the retired general "enjoys the full confidence of the president".
Christie did not call for the White House to take any specific action to reduce Flynn's role. House Oversight Committee Chairman and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz has said that Congress won't investigate Flynn, despite allegations that he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the call, which is a felony.
Trump reportedly offered the job to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, who turned it down. I think we need to know what he knows.
Such contacts could potentially be in violation of a law banning private citizens from engaging in foreign policy, known as the Logan Act.
Flynn's resignation comes just over three weeks into the new administration and around three years after being fired by the Obama administration from his post as Defense Intelligence Agency chief as an Army three-star general in April 2014.
In 2015, Flynn controversially celebrated a Kremlin-funded propaganda TV channel with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Almost a month into his presidency, Mr Trump said his new administration had made "significant progress" and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market. The official said Pence was relying on information from Flynn when he went on television and denied that sanctions were discussed with Kislyak.
But he did indicate that sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama on Russian Federation for its Ukraine incursion "would not necessarily carry over to an administration seeking to improve relations between the USA and Russian Federation", the official said. "This is the sound of House Republicans conducting no oversight of President Trump, zero", Cummings said.
Having said that, however, it's become clear much of the public a and some in his own party a are losing patience with what passes for a Trump presidency. Trump's unexpected triumph over Hillary Clinton in November has been widely hailed in Russian Federation as the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the former Cold War foes.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation carried out cyberattacks on Democratic Party officials created to undermine Hillary Clinton.
He has been at the center of mounting controversy over the past several days in regard to his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "I think now he's saying that he doesn't remember whether he did or not", Christie said on CNN.