Even Kellyanne Conway Can't Spin Michael Flynn's Sudden Resignation

Posted February 16, 2017

In a resignation letter, Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the US during the transition and gave "incomplete information" about those discussions to Vice President Mike Pence.

Orwellian is a charitable word for the Trump's effort to ignore, bury, deny, and finally divert attention from Flynn's actions by claiming the "real problem" is "leaks".

Trump appeared to defend Flynn in another Wednesday morning tweet. Within hours, Mr Flynn had resigned. But here's the rub: United States intelligence monitors ambassadors' calls, and the Justice Department thought Flynn's comments might violate the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. He added that the news reporting was "merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign".

Flynn's resignation comes as Trump and his top advisers seek to steady the White House after a rocky start.

WASHINGTON ― The Office of Government Ethics responded to a request by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) about White House adviser Kellyanne Conway's possible breach of federal ethics rules by informing him that his committee has more authority to investigate this matter than the agency.

BuzzFeed reporter Mike Hayes first pointed out Conway's retweet, calling her out directly. "I only hear it in the negative context". On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department informed the White Houselast month about Flynn's misleading Pence - and that Flynn was "potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Kremlin", as Vox's Yochi Dreazen writes.

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Flynn's discussions with the Russian raised questions about whether Flynn offered assurances about the incoming administration's new approach.

He said the Justice Department sought to notify the White House counsel on January 26 about the discrepancies in Mr Flynn's accounts.

After some time, White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying: "The President is evaluating the situation". Spicer said it was an "evolving and eroding process" and that the president made a decision late in the day to ask for Flynn's resignation.

Mr Flynn's discussions with the Russian diplomat could potentially have been in violation of a law known as the Logan Act, banning private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments about disputes or controversies with the US. Obviously, Gen. Keith Kellogg is the acting national security adviser starting today.

A broader investigation of the White House and its ties to Russian Federation is not possible without the cooperation either of the Justice Department or the Republican-led Congress.

It looks a lot like Flynn had the blessings of people in the administration to promise Russian Federation that Trump would take care of the sanctions imposed by Obama. According to Flynn, he told Kislyak, "Look, I know this happened. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out", Flynn said. "We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, 'We're going to review sanctions, ' or anything like that".