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Democrats described the president's alleged action as an obstruction of justice, with some even calling for Trump to be impeached.

"He likes him, he trusted him, he was comfortable with him", added Ledeen.

In addition to mounting legal fees, the former campaign staff member also expressed concern about how his job prospects may be affected by the Russian Federation investigation.

Beyond Medvedchuk and Kislyak, the identities of the other Putin-linked participants in the contacts remain classified and the names of Trump advisers other than Flynn have been "masked" in intelligence reports on the contacts because of legal protections on their privacy as American citizens.

The top Democrat and Republican on a House oversight committee have said Flynn likely broke federal law by failing to get approval from the US government to accept foreign payments, including $33,000 in 2015 from RT, Russia's state-sponsored television network.

The classified information that President Donald Trump shared with Russian officials last week came from an Israeli source described by multiple USA officials as the most valuable source of information on external plotting by Islamic State.

Team Trump is rapidly turning on itself amid an extraordinary flurry of high-stakes leaks from both the intelligence community and the White House itself. However, U.S. officials also noted that the Russians may have exaggerated their bond with Flynn in those talks. Flynn reportedly made it clear to those at the table that he still supports Trump, despite getting fired, and that the feelings of loyalty are mutual. However, it remains unclear at this point just how those investigations will proceed and what turn they will take since Trump fired FBI director James Comey earlier this week.

Two unnamed sources in the White House confirmed Flynn's reluctance.

Flynn told Kislyak that the Trump administration would see Russian Federation positively if it would postpone its retaliatory sanctions against the United States.

Officials say Trump has remained resolute in defending Flynn even though aides, including White House Counsel Don McGahn, have reminded Trump of the Russian Federation investigation and other problems.

Robert Kelner, a lawyer defending Flynn, didn't respond to several calls seeking comment. Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem. "I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Flynn said after the meal was over, according to two sources who are close to Flynn and are familiar with the conversation, which took place on April 25. While most Trump aides advised him to craft a muted response to Rosenstein's move, Kushner did not.

Until now, Kushner had flown under most people's radar while Flynn hogged the spotlight.

  • Larry Hoffman