UPDATES: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns Over Russian Connections

UPDATES: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns Over Russian Connections

On Monday, CNN and the Associated Press reported National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over his pre-election contact with Russian officials. The news comes just hours after bombshell reports that the White House had been warned about a potential Russian compromising of the National Security Adviser.

First reported by The Washington Post, the revelation of Justice Department forewarning seems to have finally triggered a response to the crisis from the White House. The Post reported on Monday:

The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.

The message, delivered by Sally Q. Yates and a senior career national security official to the White House counsel, was prompted by concerns that ­Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice ­President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election, the officials said. It is unclear what the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, did with the information.

Flynn’s resignation comes a month into the job, making him one of the shortest serving senior presidential advisers in modern American history. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.

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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.

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