Russia scandel: Trump’s NSA Michael Flynn resigns

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017,10:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Washington | Michael Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security advisor. The move came as a major setback to Trump policies as it has been believed that the resignation is focussed on United State’s new Russian policy.
The sudden development is happened following a scandal over a conversation with a Russian ambassador and Flynn. Media outlets speculated in recent days over the contents and consequences of the phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislak.
The New York Times reported Monday that officials close to Vice President Mike Pence said Pence believed Flynn was lying when he downplayed his conversation with Kislak, based on unreleased transcripts of their talk.
The Washington Post reported that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and a national security official told White House consel Donald McGahn that Flynn was possibly vulnerable to Russian blackmail attempts.
The Russian government has stated that sanctions did not come up during the phone call. Russian President Vladimir Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov assured reporters on Monday that Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed lifting sanctions, and neither had any other official Russian and US representatives.
Flynn’s 24-day run on the National Security Committee was the shortest stint as national security advisor ever. Trump named retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor, according to Flynn’s resignation letter. Trump is reportedly considering other permanent replacements.