Republican senators unnerved by reports of relationship between Donald Trump and Russian Federation

White House Press secretary Sean Spicer points as he answers questions from members of the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

"You can not have the national security adviser misleading the vice president and others", Ryan said.

Keith Kellogg, who like Flynn is a retired general, will serve as acting National Security Adviser until there is a new full-time appointee. At about the same time, Pence learned that the Justice Department had warned the White House last month regarding Flynn's conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

December 29 - The United States retaliates against Russian hacking aimed at influencing the USA election.

Right now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US intelligence agencies are looking at whether they were coordinating with Russian officials previous year. (A practice that is very common in politics.) Steele had a lot of experience in Russian Federation and plenty of contacts, and he compiled dozens of reports over a period of several months, in which he detailed the information he obtained from his network.

December 30 - Putin announces he won't immediately retaliate against Obama's sanctions, breaking from a pattern of angry denunciations of USA penalties.

The Republicans' ardor for investigations and oversight, on display throughout the Obama administration, has cooled off considerably with Donald Trump in the White House. "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" he writes.

The possibility that Flynn gave Pence misinformation about what he told a long-standing US adversary raises troubling questions.

January 15 - Vice President Mike Pence repeats that denial in an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation". Yates was later fired for opposing Trump's temporary entry ban for people from seven mostly Muslim nations. "I don't know of anyone outside of the White House who knows".

February 1 - Flynn continues to serve in full capacity.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., went so far as to counsel publicly against spending too much time investigating the White House, saying that doing so could only be counterproductive at a moment when the GOP faces a daunting legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.

The newspaper, citing current and former USA officials, said that no such evidence has yet emerged.

February 8 - Flynn again denies that he'd discussed sanctions with Kislyak, according to The Washington Post.

While the White House said Flynn was ousted because of a lack of trust - he misled vice-president Pence and others about those discussions - the conversations themselves raised new questions about ties between team Trump and Moscow, worrying Republicans in the Senate.

The avalanche of reporting on this matter in the past week only speculates that Flynn did anything illegal.

February 10 - Trump is asked about the Post report. "I inherited a mess at home and overseas - a mess", Trump said.

The Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon spy agency once headed by Flynn, formally suspended his security clearance allowing him access to classified information, DIA spokesman James Kudla said.

Almost a month into his presidency, Trump insisted in a free-wheeling White House news conference that his new administration had made "significant progress" and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market.

Flynn's resignation came hours after Trump said he was in talks with Pence to review the situation, reported Reuters. Shortly after, the Post breaks the news of the earlier Justice Department warning.

Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the information committee at the Federation Council, tweeted shortly after the resignation announcement that "it was not Flynn who was targeted but relations with Russia".

On Tuesday, Eli Lake, national security correspondent for Bloomberg News, offered a troubling analysis. Flynn is spotted walking down the hallway that leads from the Oval Office to his office just after 10 p.m.

  • Salvatore Jensen