Democrats want probe of Flynn and Trump contacts with Russian FederationBy Shelly Foster Feb 23, 2017
Trump, who has been conspicuously quiet about Flynn's standing for several days, took to Twitter Tuesday morning and said the "real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?". While the president was said to be upset with Flynn, he also expressed anger with other aides for "losing control" of the story and making his young administration look bad.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted that "classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy". Flynn is unemployed today because nine current or former US intelligence officials had read transcripts of his pre-inauguration calls to Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak and shared the contents with the Washington Post.
A United States official said Flynn's departure, coupled with Russia's aggression in Ukraine and Syria and Republican congressional opposition to removing sanctions on Russia, removes Trump's most ardent advocate of taking a softer line toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A third candidate is retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who, like Flynn, advised Trump on national security and foreign policy during the presidential campaign. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security advis. He had to know that US spy agencies listen to the Russian ambassador's phone calls - and he's savvy enough to know that his discussions with the ambassador about sanctions the Obama administration was imposing that day would make their way up the reporting chain.
Accompanied by a Justice Department national security official, Yates told White House counsel Don McGahn that they feared Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Trump is also considering former CIA Director David Petraeus and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a U.S. Navy SEAL, for the post, according to a senior administration official.
December 25 - According to incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Flynn sends a text to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak "wishing him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" and saying he looks forward "to touching base with you and working with you, and I wish you all the best".
After his resignation, Flynn has remained resolute in his loyalty, stating that the Trump administration "will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in USA history".
Democrats called for an independent investigation into Trump's Russian Federation ties and urged Republicans to join them.
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"This is a moment for Republicans to put country ahead of party", Connecticut Sen.
At issue is whether Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, broke diplomatic protocol and potentially the law by discussing US sanctions with Moscow before Trump's inauguration.
"If that were the case, then that would escalate things", one official briefed on the investigation said. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night.
An administration official and two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the Justice Department warnings on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Amid a deepening crisis over the relationship between President Donald Trump's aides and Russian Federation, some senior Republicans on Wednesday issued their boldest challenge yet and vowed to get to the bottom of the matter, while Democrats demanded an independent probe.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on the FBI to expedite an investigation into the financial, personal and political ties of Trump and members of his administration to the Russians.
"Absolutely not; no, no, no", Spicer said.
General Flynn's connections to Russian Federation must be thoroughly investigated by the intelligence community, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and by Congress.
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