Flynn's involvement is particularly notable now, given that he was forced to resign yesterday due to revelations that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about his role in discussing President Barack Obama's sanctions against Russian Federation with that nation's ambassador to this country.
He also denied a similar CNN report that said Trump associates, including Manafort and now-resigned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, were regularly communicating with Russian nationals before the election. Flynn had promised Pence he had not discussed sanctions with the Russians but it was later discovered that the subject had come up.
Gen Flynn resigned on Monday - less than a month into the job - after he allegedly discussed United States sanctions against Moscow with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a phone call late previous year. Now that it looks those allegations were true, Pence's credibility, too, has been severely damaged only three weeks into his term. But the president did not receive a question about Flynn's future from a pair of reporters, and he ignored journalists' shouted follow-up inquiries as he left the room. "The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation". News organizations are obtaining information that indicates supporters and aides of President Donald Trump had inappropriate contact with Russian officials, including intelligence officials, during the campaign or before Trump took office.
In 2015, Flynn was paid to attend a gala dinner for Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed television station, and sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the event. The unstated anxiety on Capitol Hill on any policy matter, let alone one as charged as this one, is that congressional Republicans fear Trump could politically vaporize careers with a single tweet.
Spicer says Trump was briefed before and after dinner Saturday. "And if he has violated any law or ethical precept, he ought to be fired", Schumer said.
Strangely, Flynn did not resign after that admission, but dragged the vice president into his predicament.
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"The American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia's financial, personal and political grip on President Trump and what that means for our national security", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
Officials said Flynn apologised to Pence twice, including in person on Friday. Still he seems to have the confidence of the President, who has the only vote that counts. Russian Federation is the number one enemy of the United States of America.
He also targeted his predecessor, tweeting: "Crimea was TAKEN by Russian Federation during the Obama administration". US intelligence agencies have assessed that Russian Federation hacked Democratic groups to help Trump win the election.
We have just learned that Trump actually knew about his national security advisor's sanctions discussions with Kislyak at least by late January.
"Gen Flynn is a wonderful man".
It was not merely because of Cornyn's rank as the Senate's No. 2 Republican that his comments sent waves throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol: He is a newly installed member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the congressional clearing house of the Russian controversy. "He's going to talk to the vice president and various other people". Collins was talking about Flynn, not Pence, in the story's 9th paragraph.