“In the course of my duties as the incoming national security advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. (…) Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, 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.”
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
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National Security Adviser Mike Flynn has resigned. What do we know? What happens next?
UPDATE 14 February 2017 — BBC NEWS
President Donald Trump knew weeks ago there were problems with Michael Flynn’s Russia phone calls, a White House spokesman has said.
The president had been “reviewing and evaluating this issue on a daily basis”, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a news conference.
Mr Trump had previously said he was unaware of the reports about Mr Flynn.
But he ultimately asked for Mr Flynn’s resignation based on a “trust issue” and not a legal one, Mr Spicer added.
Republicans have joined congressional calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn’s contacts with Russia.
A foretold crisis
The Trump’s Administration deserves some credit. In less than 24 days, these folks have delivered a full-blown scandal and a high-level resignation. We had seen this one coming…
“From the day he was announced as Mr Trump’s national security adviser, there were concerns about Michael Flynn’s questionable contacts with Russia both before and after November’s election,” the BBC writes today.
Actually, I told you so BEFORE November 17 2016 when CNN reported that Trump intended to pick Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his National Security Advisor. While reviewing the possible candidates for the CIA top job, I wrote:
SERIOUS ISSUES — Flynn forced out of the DIA after clashing with superiors over his allegedly chaotic management style
He has potentially problematic connections to foreign governments. (He accepted money for appearing at a lavish gala with Putin in Moscow last year. His consulting firm has financial ties to Turkey… which perhaps explains why he said that he would extradite Fethullah Gullen…)
Support for Flynn has waned as it has become evident that “he has some confirmation-type problems.”
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Flynn is actually being investigated by the army for accepting money in late 2015 for a speaking engagement in Moscow (See picture) which could have breached military rules.
Why the resignation?
Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, before Donald Trump took office.
Mr Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia’s ambassador before his own appointment. [This one is critical. Did he really ‘misled’ the Vice-President and the President. Considering the DOJ warning, things don’t add up at this point…]
Is it Illegal?
Yes. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy. Thus, depending on the exact content of the discussion with the Russian ambassador, Michael Flynn could be indicted — at least — under the “LOGAN ACT”.
The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that details the fine and/or imprisonment of unauthorized citizens who negotiate with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.
It was intended to prevent the undermining of the government’s position. The Act was passed following George Logan’s unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798, and was signed into law by President John Adams on January 30, 1799. The Act was last amended in 1994, and violation of the Logan Act is a felony.
To date, only one person has ever been indicted for violating the act’s provisions. However, no person has ever been prosecuted for alleged violations of the act. [Wikipedia]
Trump’s Administration was warned
The White House had been warned about the contacts last month and was told Mr Flynn may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. There is no doubt that whatever happened in between the warning and today will be the object of serious investigations.
Depending on the exact content of the discussion Flynn had with the Russian ambassador as well as the information provided by the Justice department, it may become necessary to investigate the White House’s very slow response to the facts. And that could lead to another thing. It is called an impeachment. Flynn may be ‘gone’. But for Trump, the nightmare is just beginning.
PS/ How Michael Flynn could not have known that his phone conversations with a Russian Diplomat would be tapped is simply beyond belief! So much for Trump surrounding himself with the brightest people in the world…
What Michael Flynn’s communication with Russia means for national security
President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has come under fire for pre-inauguration conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Judy Woodruff speaks with The New York Times’ David Sanger and Leon Panetta, former director of the CIA, about Flynn’s actions and what the controversy suggests about the early weeks of the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns | The 11th Hour |
After reports surfaced calling into question what National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have said to Russia’s ambassador about sanctions, he resigned just three weeks into the job.