Trump's adminstration was warned about the potentially damaging ties to Russia
It comes after Trump’s administration was warned National Security advisor Micheal Flynn’s alleged ties with Russia, a report has found.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates reportedly told the new administration that Trump could be susceptible to blackmail from the Kremlin, according to the Washington Post.
Flynn denied accusation that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the US before Trump became President.
Former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, and CIA director, John Brennan, shared Yates’ reservations with Vice President Mike Pence and feared “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position”.
Flynn denied discussing the sanctions, which Barack Obama had slapped on Russia for interfering in the US election, to Mike Pence.
The former army general has still has not disclosed what was discussed in his conversations with Sergey Kislyak yet in his resignation letter he admitted he misled Mike Pence.
Flynn was alleged to have talked with Russia's ambassador to the US
I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador
Michael Flynn issued a resignation letter following the scandal.
His letter read: “In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors.
“These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisers and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.
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“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 apologised to the president and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”
Flynn's resignation letter pic.twitter.com/fzzYsExFEr
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 14, 2017
Michael Flynn has been replaced as National Security Advisor
Flynn admitted he first met Sergey Kislyak in 2013 and held several conversations with Russia’s Ambassador to the US more than once before Trump’s inauguration.
One of the calls took place on the same day Obama hit Moscow with sanctions.
A Trump administration official confirmed the White House was aware of the warning.
Kislyak also confirmed he had talked with Flynn before and after the election but refused to disclose what was discussed.
Kellyanne Conway said that Flynn had the President’s full support earlier in the day.
Yet less than an hour later, Sean Spicer claimed that Trump was “evaluating the situation”.
The White House press secretary added at the time: “He’s speaking to Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the vice president had with General Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: Our national security.”
Lieutenant General Joseph Kellogg has been named as acting National Security Advisor.
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