UPDATE: National Security advisor, Michael Flynn resigned Monday night. General Keith Kellogg will be the interim National Security adviser.
February 13, 2017 The White House is speaking out National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn’s contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before President Trump’s inauguration in January. U. S. intelligence officials told the White House that an investigation determined Flynn discussed sanctions imposed by the then President Barack Obama with the Russian ambassador — a claim the Trump administration denied.
On Monday, Kellyanne Conway said President Trump remains confident in Flynn. Later on Monday, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer read from a prepared statement stopping short of confirming Conway’s comments, saying the president is still “evaluating the situation.” Spicer said Trump is speaking to “various other people” about what he considers the most important issue of his presidency, the nation’s security. When reporters stopped President Trump in the hallways of the White House on Monday to ask about Flynn, he referred them to Spicer’s statement.
Last week, current and former U.S. officials told the White House that Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia in a phone call with the ambassador.
Michael Flynn apologized privately to Vice President Pence for lying to Vice President Mike Pence, according to an administration official. Pence, relying on information from Flynn vouched for him, saying he did not discuss sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Some democratic lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into Flynn’s conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
“Either he was lying about discussing it or he forgot,” said Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), speaking Sunday on CNN. ”You don’t want a guy in either of those scenarios to be in that position”
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