The truth behind Michael Flynn’s resignation has yet to be uncovered. There are contradicting stories being told on what exactly happened leading up to the former national security adviser’s resignation.
Jake Tapper of CNN was straightforward in saying, “…might be easier just to tell the truth and stick with it.”
Late Monday night, after being probed for information regarding his phone conversation with the Russian ambassador that took place on December 29th, Flynn resigned. The phone conversation occurred within the same day that former President Barack Obama demanded sanctions against the Kremlin for being the mastermind behind the 2016 presidential election hacking.
Originally he attested that during his conversation with the ambassador the sanctions were not a topic of discussion, which was reiterated by Vice President Mike Pence. However, there were three individual stories circulated on Thursday that determined Flynn in fact did discuss the administration’s forthcoming discipline.
On Tuesday while conversing with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Tapper brought attention to receiving two separate reports from the White House. He questioned Acosta:
‘Do we have any determination as to whether Flynn was fired or resigned because he wanted to resign?’
Acosta reported that the initial response declared Flynn’s resignation was his own personal decision, not made by Donald Trump. On Tuesday Kellyanne Conway, the president’s top counselor, maintained:
‘Flynn did not want to be a distraction and he tendered his resignation last night.’
Acosta expressed his opinion on what happened to Tapper saying:
‘Something occurred and the White House determined that they felt the president was the one who had asked Michael Flynn to step aside.
‘But clearly this is a huge contradiction in terms of what the events were that happened over the last 24 hours. Up until last night, we were being told that Flynn decided to step aside on his own … but that story changed today.’
Tapper ended with an excellent suggestion that all of the White House administration should adopt as one of their main objectives:
‘Might be easier just to tell the truth and stick with it.’
You can listen to Acosta and Tapper discuss the ever changing story below:
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