Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Flynn Apologized To Pence Amid Reports He Talked Sanctions With Russia

Flynn Apologized To Pence Amid Reports He Talked Sanctions With Russia

Trump hasn't been as generous with his press secretary, Spicer who has been the target of withering spoofs by an iconic comedy show that is understood to have deeply upset the president among other reasons.

"The administration should maintain the current USA sanctions regime against Russia and Russian entities - and to impose new sanctions as necessary and merited by Russian behavior -unless Ukraine's control over Crimea is restored, Russia fully respects the Minsk agreements, and ceases all efforts to undermine Ukraine's sovereignty", wrote Gardner and his colleagues.

Trump asked for an investigation into the leaks in West Wing.

"Flynn's resignation is a good [first] step". But some additional uncertainty is worth the price of replacing a loose cannon like Michael Flynn. "Did he seriously not know that his campaign adviser was calling Russians?" Yet just minutes later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was "evaluating the situation". It is unclear who the Russian officials were or what was discussed during the conversations.

Earlier Monday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump had "full confidence" in Flynn, though her assertions were not backed up by other senior Trump aides. Flynn, too, had previously denied discussing with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislya the sanctions levied by President Barack Obama in response to Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election during a series of conversations in late December.

Several have asked whether Flynn's apparent close communications with Russian Federation could have compromised parts of the Trump administration. "He's going to talk to the vice president and various other people". "The goal is to blow up the Trump administration", he wrote on Twitter.

Intelligence analysts began to search for clues that could help explain Putin's move.

From that call and subsequent intercepts, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wrote a secret report summarizing Flynn's discussions with Kislyak.

It's a fair question, especially since the administration had, up until late Monday, given no indication that Flynn's job was in jeopardy.

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Flynn had been disingenuous on both counts, and with the senior-most officials in the administration, including vice-president Mike Pence, who were fielded by the White House to defend the embattled NSA in interviews and interactions on all major television news networks.

As the Post later reported, acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House counsel on January 26 that she believed Flynn had misled the administration about his calls with Kislyak.

The accounts of Flynn's phone calls to the Russian ambassador have fueled concerns among lawmakers in Congress and allies in Europe about Trump's persistent affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his willingness to consider lifting sanctions on Moscow without concrete concessions in return. Flynn was seated in the front row of Trump's joint news conference with Trudeau Monday.

I had conversations with General Flynn before the elections and I point blank asked him 'Are you the guy, the candidate Trump is going to when it comes to the national security issues?' - and he said 'Yes, I am.' I had that conversation with him in Las Vegas at the scene of the third debate, which of course focused a great deal on global relations and it was very clear that Trump has had tremendous confidence in Flynn and this has been a very hard decision for the entire administration. But Mr. Ryan and others, including House Oversight Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) of Utah, said they have no plans to investigate Flynn's connections to Russian Federation further. Instead, Ryan said their focus is repealing Obamacare, according to The Hill.

February 9: The Post reports that Flynn did, in fact, discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

Mr Pence is said to be troubled by the possibility of being misled.

It appears that President Donald Trump's advisers have been in contact with Russian officials since his presidential campaign.

The signatories to the letter include, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, ranking members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Armed Service, Homeland Security, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs, respectively.

Several lawyers have already filed a suit challenging Mr Trump's alleged use of the White House as a "personal and family profit center", according to Mr Tribe, and in allegedly doing so Mr Trump has violated of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. "A Trump administration will always put the safety and security of the American people first". "They just need to ratchet up the pressure".

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