Friday, 24 March, 2017

Pelosi to Trump: Fire Mike Flynn

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Felix Bryan | 14 February, 2017, 13:55

Flynn was accused of holding discussions over the US sanctions regime against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump was sworn in as president last month.

Just under seven hours before Flynn submitted his resignation, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said the retired Army lieutenant general had Trump's "full outcome".

Media reports to the contrary, as well as Flynn's trip to Russian Federation in 2015, were at the forefront of criticism of Flynn's appointment as a senior United States security official in the Trump administration.

A US official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after USA intelligence reported that Russian Federation had interfered with the USA elections.

On a phone call in early January, before Trump was sworn in and before Flynn was officially in his NSA role, Flynn discussed US sanctions on Russian Federation.

Trump's image on national security issues has already been damaged, because the same questions people have about Flynn they have had about President Trump, and it's only a matter of time before the truth comes to light; we could actually be watching this administration unravel from the inside out.

Last week, the national security adviser denied discussing sanctions with Kislyak, but his spokesman said a day later that Flynn said he actually "couldn't be certain that the topic never came up". Trump's adviser, retired general Michael Flynn resigned late on Monday just three weeks into the new administration.

Flynn claimed in a resignation letter that he "inadvertently" didn't tell Vice President Pence and other senior officials about the full extent of his conversations with Kislyak.

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"It is kind of a negative signal for normalizing the Russian-American dialogue", head of the lower house's affairs committee, Leonid Slutsky, said in remarks released by his press service.

But Monday, the only clear thing about Flynn's status was that it is unclear.

A White House official told media that Pence's comments "were based on his conversation with General Flynn".

Now Flynn will be attending Trump's meetings with Netanyahu in the Oval Office, in which two matters - the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran's nuclear program - will top the agenda.

Law enforcement and intelligence officials feared Flynn could be subject to Russian blackmail because he had misled others about the call.

Pressed repeatedly, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said it was not up to him to say whether the President retained confidence in Mr Flynn.

The search turned up Kislyak's communications, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation routinely monitors, and the phone call in question with Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general with years of intelligence experience.

The White House did not immediately confirm whether Flynn had talked to Kislyak about sanctions.

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