Late Monday evening, news broke that Michael Flynn has resigned from his position as a national security adviser to President Donald Trump.
According to reports, the White House was warned by the Justice Department about links between national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia.
It’s illegal for a private citizen to discuss U.S. diplomacy, which Flynn was allegedly doing before he was appointed to the Trump administration this year.
Former attorney general Sally Yates reportedly told the White House Flynn “had put himself in a compromising position” by speaking with Russian officials before he was permitted to do so, according to the Washington Post.
Flynn denied any wrongdoing, however, and was even backed up by Vice-President Pence.
Speaking about Flynn, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday:
‘He is speaking to the vice-president relative to the conversation the VP had with General Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is – our national security.’
Now, however, the retired Army lieutenant general has resigned from his position on the National Security Council, despite initially denying that he discussed U.S. national security matters with a Russian ambassador.
CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted the following as the news broke live Monday evening:
‘Flynn resigns — live coverage on @CNN’
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 14, 2017
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