Trump advisers maintained regular contact with Russian Federation during campaign
Feb 16 2017 by Lorena Waters
Leading members of the US Republican Party have joined calls for a wide investigation into the former national security adviser's links with Russian Federation.
Before Trump's inauguration, Flynn was accused of coordinating with Russia's ambassador to the USA after the Obama administration imposed new sanctions on Moscow for its interference in the 2016 presidential election.
While Pence seemed to be kept in the dark, Trump was first told about Flynn's phone calls nearly three weeks ago, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
The US leader said retired army general Flynn had been treated "very, very unfairly by the media", including what he called "fake media".
While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Flynn's resignation was the USA government's "internal business", others in Moscow were less tight-lipped.
But White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that the president knew about Flynn's communication with Russian Federation for weeks.
Miller told host Chuck Todd that was a question "you should ask the president" or White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. But the trust had gone.
But his attendance may now carry with it suspicion, as Israeli leadership wonders to what extent they can trust the president's top national security aide with their most sensitive information.
Second, a series of backward steps in the span of three weeks suggest the President is clearly being poorly advised on the foreign policy and military fronts.
If history is any guide, the President's repeated attacks on leaky intelligence officers may backfire by potentially resulting in more damaging leaks.
The broader question is was Flynn acting alone? Tuesday morning, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, "I don't know all the details".
There was no word on when President Trump will announce his pick.
Swalwell described Flynn's contacts with Kislyak as "part of a larger pattern of Russian involvement with and support for Trump and his team before and since the 2016 election".
"They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia", Pence said in a televised interview with CBS News last month. He also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should explain why Mr Flynn's conversation had been recorded. Lindsey Graham of SC joined calls for an investigation into Flynn's correspondence with the Russian diplomat, saying he believes Congress "needs to be informed" of what was actually said in the conversations.
Where US-Russia relations go from here is tricky.
The insinuations about Trump and Russian Federation look set to linger, robbing the new administration of time, resources and political capital to forge ahead with policy priorities. "It's nothing to do with us".
The rumblings over President Trump's dealings with Russia have grown into a clamor since his national security adviser Michael Flynn abruptly resigned this week amid concerns about his communications with Russian officials. Will there be any congressional probes of the Flynn breach?
"But the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking at this", he continued. Nunes said he might investigate the topic nonetheless - but only the matter of intelligence community leaks about Flynn to reporters. When Trump said, "I don't know about that", he simply meant he didn't know about the Washington Postreport specifically, Spicer claimed.
The president signed an executive order rolling back a regulation that required oil and gas companies to disclose certain foreign payments.