Ret. General Michael Flynn resigns as Trump's National Security Adviser
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News February 14, 2017 Updated: 6:33 AM
General Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser to President Trump, forced to resign late Monday evening. White House insiders report that, President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation after media reports began to surface that Flynn, deliberately mislead Vice-President Mike Pence about the number and nature, of his calls to the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Shortly before the announcement by then President Barack Obama, that he would impose sanctions on Russia for interfering in the U.S. Presidential election. White House insiders said, “Flynn made calls to alert Russia that sanctions were coming, but they should not worry because when Trump is sworn in, they will work something out to reverse them.”
President Obama sanctioned Russia by expelling 35 diplomats and giving them 72 hours to leave the U.S. Usually when sanctions are announced against a nation, routinely, they will retaliate by expelling diplomats of the nation imposing the sanctions. But Russia did not respond negatively. Instead, Russia invited the families of American diplomats to celebrate the holidays at the Kremlin. This raised the antenna of members in the intelligence community who ultimately reviewed monitored communications between Flynn and the Russian Ambassador.
For the last three weeks, the Trump administration was asked if there were any communications between the Trump team and the Russians, they replied, ‘No.” But it recently came out that, the FBI had information prior to the election that, the Trump team was in communications with the Russians, but Director Comey did not want the information released. His decision angered democrats who remembered watching in horror, as Comey announced the reopening of Hillary Clinton's emails eleven days prior to the election then reversed himself, a few days later.
Press secretary Sean Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Vice-President Mike Pence went on Sunday political news programs claiming, Flynn made one or two calls to coordinate a telephone call between Putin and Trump, and to offer condolences to the Russian people who lost loved ones in a recent plane crash. It was not long before General Flynn’s account was not true and began to unravel.
Two weeks after taking office, President Trump fired, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, claiming dereliction of duty for not following his travel ban. But it was the attorney general’s office, in particular, Yates, who briefed the former, and current, President, about Michael Flynn, and suggested, he may have been compromised and could be subject to blackmail, by the Russians.
Below is the full transcript of Michael Flynn's Resignation letter:
The resignation of General Flynn was a stunning development. After a weekend of leaks that nine security agencies knew of the calls, and some had transcripts of them, Flynn went into damage control. When the revelations by the security agencies were made public, General Flynn began to walk back comments about the nature of the calls to the Russian Ambassador by saying, “I made so many calls to leaders, I cannot remember if we discussed sanctions.”
Trump is the second President who lost confidence, in General, Michael Flynn. The consensus on Capitol Hill is, there will not be future opportunities for a third.