On Feb. 10, a day after the news broke that Flynn had spoken to Russian Federation about the sanctions, Trump said he wasn't aware of the reports. Hours before he resigned, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told MSNBC that Trump had "full confidence" in the retired general.
Flynn is said to have given " incomplete information" ro the white house officials about his discussions with the Russian ambassador over U.S. sanctions against Moscow. He also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should explain why Mr Flynn's conversation had been recorded. It was strictly coincidental that they had a conversation. Trump affiliates, including Pence, had backed Flynn's claims.
Spicer said that the trust of the U.S. president in his advisor had "eroded", and asked for his resignation.
It remains unclear why Trump did not take immediate action against Flynn.
President Trump called an exploding scandal "fake news". It seems, however, peacetime - like that of another General (Patton) - does not suit Flynn so comfortably.More news: Can repeatedly heading a football lead to dementia?
"Look, how many times do I have to answer this question?". "I think, you will see it stopping because now we have our people in". "This is fake news put out by the media".
Yates, who, along with top U.S. intelligence officials, obtained transcripts of Flynn's calls with Kislyak in late December, considered Flynn's comments in at least one of his calls with Kislyak to be "highly significant" and "potentially illegal", The Washington Post reported, citing a USA official close to her. Prior to this, Flynn contended that U.S. sanctions never came up during his conversations with Kislyak. That is why Flynn's resignation was unavoidable.
The president had been "reviewing and evaluating this issue on a daily basis", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a news conference. Asked to confirm that "the sanctions that Flynn was discussing were the sanctions for the election hacking", Spicer replied, "Right". "@foxandfriends is great!" he wrote in one tweet.
Questions are now being raised if Flynn's conversation with Kislyak was cleared as part of Trump's stated aim to improve ties with Russian Federation and whether he was asked to bring up sanctions or he was freelanced. At the time, Trump said he "didn't know about it". But we now know that he knew about it for weeks. Flynn had earlier misled the Vice President on the topic of the conversation, according to media reports. What report is that?
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Michael Flynn quit on Monday over claims he discussed USA sanctions with Russian Federation before Donald Trump took office.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation would not be commenting on the resignation.
Today, Ryan said, "I'm not going to prejudge the circumstances surrounding this".
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The controversy comes as Mr Trump and his leading advisers seek to steady the White House after a rocky start. "If in fact he purposely misled the President, he should step down immediately".