Feb 15, 2017
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, was compelled to resign late in the evening on February 13 amid allegations of improper contacts with the Russian government during the transition period – and failure to make full disclosure of those contacts. Multiple press accounts claim that Vice President Pence engineered Flynn’s departure. For his part, President Trump complained that the “real” story is “why are there so many illegal leaks in Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal with North Korea?” asked Trump via Twitter.
In his resignation notice, Flynn insisted that the “fast pace of events” during the transition led him “inadvertently” to provide Pence and other administration officials with “incomplete information” regarding phone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn declared.
Flynn has tardily admitted that he had discussed Washington’s sanctions against Russia during conversations with Kislyak, which would be forbidden under the Logan Act. Shortly before Flynn’s resignation, the Washington Post – citing multiple anonymous official sources – reported that White House counsel Don McGahn had been warned prior to the inauguration that Flynn may be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russian government because of discrepancies between what he had told Ambassador Kislyak and Vice President Pence about those conversations.