March 2, 2017, The White House on Thursday acknowledged that Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting at Trump Towers with Russian ambassador Sergey L. Kislyak in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government. President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also participated in that meeting.
On February 15, U.S. officials said phone records and intercepted calls revealed that members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. President Trump criticized U.S. intelligence agencies for what he said were illegal information leaks, and dismissed the report, calling it “fake news” via Twitter.
“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!” Trump wrote.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that he also met twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. Sessions denied the contact on previous occasions, including during his confirmation hearing. On Thursday, after facing criticism for lying about the contact, Sessions recused himself from overseeing the continuing FBI investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."