Trumps’s National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn has resigned from the position.
Flynn tendered his letter of resignation on Monday following an accusation of him having held a conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and lying about it.
Michael Flynn had initially admitted to the Vice-President Elect Mike Pence and other White House Senior Staff about his calls to Ambassador Kislyak. He said the calls were about the lifting of sanctions and nothing else.
In the statement released on Monday, Flynn said he had given “incomplete information” on the details of his conversation with the Russian Ambassador.
VP Mike Pence previously defended the General in a press release with the CBS news on January 15. He said:
They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.
Recently, about 9 undisclosed current and former US officials have revealed that Flynn actually discussed an “illegal” topic with the Russian Ambassador.
With the recent turn of events, Mike Pence has felt troubled having a conception that he must have been misled by Michael Flynn.
Hours after the White House told reporters that President Trump was ‘evaluating’ allegations that Flynn lied about the secret communications with Russia and misled the Vice President Mike Pence, sources familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that the Trump administration was made aware by the justice department of Flynn’s vulnerability to Russia.
Recall, in December 2016, it was reported that US Department of Justice had warned US Presidency about the oncoming blackmails by the Russians, the reports came in from the then acting US attorney general Sally Yates.
Yates was fired by President Trump last month after she refused to defend Trump’s travel ban against residents and refugees of seven Muslims countries.
According to reports, it was alleged that the former attorney general’s concern that Flynn lied about his communication with the Russian Ambassador was revealed by James Clapper the outgoing director of national Intelligence and John Brennan the director of the CIA.
Flynn’s resignation as Trump’s national security advisor places him as the shortest occupant of that position, ever. A tweet by Iva Daalder, the President of Chicago Council confirms this.
Flynn's tenure as national security advisor shortest ever. Previous record held be Reagan's first NSA, Richard V. Allen, who served 348 days
— Ivo Daalder (@IvoHDaalder) February 14, 2017
After Flynn’s resignation, President Trump has named retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as acting national security advisor. Kellogg previously served as Flynn’s chief of staff on the National Security Council.
The departure of General Michael Flynn is obviously the exit of a high-profile official in Trump’s administration.
Here’s a copy of Flynn’s resignation letter
Breaking: text of Flynn's resignation letter pic.twitter.com/KGue1cJFzL
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 14, 2017
As Gen. Flynn resigned, the Washington DC – House Intel committee chairman Devin Nunes tweeted that Washington DC can be a rough town for honorable people as he acknowledged Flynn’s distinguished service to the United States.
House Intel Committee Chair on Flynn resignation: "Washington, D.C. can be a rough town for honorable people" pic.twitter.com/oFnvCaNyJR
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) February 14, 2017