Why Donald Trump let Michael Flynn go

Why Donald Trump let Michael Flynn go

Flynn resigned Monday night following reports that he had discussed USA sanctions with Russian Federation prior to Trump's inauguration - and then misled Vice President Pence about that conversation.

For example, investigators are focusing on a phone call Flynn had in December with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, which was intercepted by intelligence agencies and shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the two officials said.

The crisis over the relationship between United States President Donald Trump's aides and Russian Federation deepened yesterday as a growing number of Mr Trump's fellow Republicans demanded expanded congressional inquiries into the matter.

The White House confirmed on February 14 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn about his conversations with Kislyak as part of its investigation into Russian influence in the USA election and the Justice Department notified the White House about discrepancies between Flynn's public and private accounts of the conversations shortly after Trump took office.

Trump said Thursday that he did not direct Flynn to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

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Lawmakers are cautious but open to the release of the transcripts of phone calls between former national security advisor Mike Flynn and the Russian ambassador, as long as they do not contain sensitive information.

As of February 15, Trump had said little about Flynn's resignation and the events leading up to it, but some of what he has said has not been accurate.

Senate Democrats have called for a "full classified briefing by all relevant agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as soon as possible and certainly before Thursday, February 16". Flynn, who initially claimed that the topic had not come up during the discussions, later had a spokesman say he could not rule out the possibility that Flynn and Kislyak had talked sanctions.

Two days after Flynn's call with Kislyak was revealed in a Washington Post op-ed by David Ignatius, Pence defended him in a January 15 appearance on CBS's on Face the Nation, stating that Flynn "did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russian Federation".

Republicans have joined congressional calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

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"There are serious issues we have to face with Russia, whether it be Ukraine, conflicts in the Middle East, Brexit, and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation issues", Herrera said "National security should be nonpartisan, and if the Russian government has influence, that's something the American people need to know".

Chaffetz, who was eager to investigate Hillary Clinton's email controversy, has come under pressure from Democrats on the committee and his own constituents for going soft on Trump and not launching inquiries regarding Trump's financial conflicts of interest.

The White House counsel then conducted an extensive review and questioned Mr Flynn on multiple occasions before arriving at the same conclusion as Mr Trump, Mr Spicer added.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for Mr Flynn to be fired, saying he "cannot be trusted not to put Putin before America". He's speaking to the vice president relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn, and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: "our national security".

"The president is evaluating the situation", Spicer's statement said.

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