News broke yesterday that Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned after it was revealed that he pretty much lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his conversation about Sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Today we learned that President Trump actually asked for his resignation after knowing about his ‘association’ with the Russian ambassador for 2 weeks.
According to CNN
His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
“I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn wrote, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN.
“I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way,” he wrote. “I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in US history.”
The move comes less than a month into the job, making him one of the shortest-serving senior presidential adviser in modern history.
Gen. Keith Kellogg will be the interim national security adviser, multiple sources tell CNN. He most recently served as National Security Council chief of staff.
Here is why this is important
1. If Flynn lied to officials including Federal investigators then that is a clear violation of his position in Government and illegal
2. Discussions about US sanctions leaves him open to blackmail and leaves the United States vulnerable.
Read the resignation below:
Breaking: text of Flynn's resignation letter pic.twitter.com/KGue1cJFzL
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 14, 2017