Michael Flynn handed in his resignation amid mounting controversy over his interaction with Russian officials, and a false assurance he gave that he had not discussed the issue of sanctions.
Even before the Post report, the White House was signaling that Flynn's future was in doubt.
"We had been reviewing this for weeks".
"Many people sympathetic to Spicer in and out of the White House believe otherwise", Byers reported. "It got to the point where Mr Flynn had to leave". You're saying that was the straw that broke the camel's back, but the White House knew about that last month when the Justice Department warned the White House that Mr. Flynn - or Gen. Flynn - had not been completely honest in characterizing that conversation with the Russian ambassador.
Bill O'Reilly tonight started out his show by reacting to the resignation of Michael Flynn and what it has illustrated to the public about how President Trump's administration is now functioning.
"You're saying that was the straw that broke the camel's back", Lauer said of reports that Flynn misled Vice President Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, including five calls made on December 29, the day President Obama issued tougher sanctions on Russia for their interference in the USA election. In his resignation letter, he admitted to having several calls with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the transition.
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Although Mr Flynn is nearly certain not to be prosecuted under the Logan Act, he could still face legal trouble if it emerges that he violated other federal laws in his communications with the Russians, said Andrew Kent, a professor at Fordham University School of Law in NY. And that as a result he was vulnerable to blackmail.
"The White House counsel informed the President immediately", Mr Spicer said. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump on national security issues during the campaign. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. "It was a matter of trust".
The revelations were another destabilizing blow to an administration that has already suffered a major legal defeat, botched the implementation of a signature policy and stumbled through a string of embarrassing public relations missteps.
It relies on an employee's agency - in this case, the White House - to take action, if any. As questions continued to be raised, it became clear last weekend that Flynn was in trouble. Spicer said it was an "evolving and eroding process" and that the president made a decision late in the day to ask for Flynn's resignation. Lindsey Graham said Congress needed to know whether he had been acting with direction from the president or others.
Conway repeated Trump had asked her to explain the resignation came not only because of a particular contact, but because of the "cumulative effect of that leading to incomplete or misleading, forgetful information, frankly, and completely misleading information that really was the key here".