Even Kellyanne Conway Can't Spin Michael Flynn's Sudden Resignation

Marco Green
February 16, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last week that Conway had been "counseled" about her actions. Reports based on leaks said "knives were out for him" and that his position was being reviewed. Flynn told the organization that Trump "expressed confidence" in him, enough anyway, to tell Flynn "that we need to go out and talk more". The press and advocates are going to pursue investigation of Trump's ties to Russian Federation with even more vigor. Vice President Mike Pence was reportedly misled and went on television to back up Flynn. "The president was very concerned that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others".

Mr Trump, a former reality TV star whose catchphrase was "You're fired!", has often boasted of his eagerness to get rid of subordinates.

None of that crossed any line, Flynn stressed.

President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned February 13 after revelations that he had discussed sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the us prior to Trump taking office.

He insisted Mr Flynn was sacked due to an "erosion of trust", not because there was a legal issue.

"Many people sympathetic to Spicer in and out of the White House believe otherwise", Byers reported.

"The president is evaluating the situation". That was immediately determined there wasn't.

"The problem here, George, is that the person who will mete out the punishment, if you will, will be the president".

The Daily Caller cited two former senior intelligence officers, retired Col. James Waurishuk, who served on the National Security Council, and retired Col. James Williamson, both of whom agreed that USA intelligence was being politicized.

Legal fallout for Flynn?

December 29 also is the date then-President Barack Obama imposed new sanctions against Moscow for interfering in the 2016 USA election.

It comes amid claims he had discussed sanctions with Moscow's United States envoy before Mr Trump had taken office - and before he had officially taken up his own role.

Any discussion about sanctions risked putting Flynn in violation of the Logan Act, a law that bars USA citizens from unauthorized interactions with foreign governments with an intent to influence government actions.

However, nobody has been prosecuted in modern times under the law, which dates from 1799.

But Flynn's aides have recently backed off those earlier denials, telling the Post last week that he "had no recollection of discussing sanctions", but that "he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up".

The Espionage Act, for example, criminalises sharing information with foreign governments.

The House Intelligence Committee is conducting one of three congressional probes, and more are possible.

"From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it's criminal action, Trump said. That's a crime", Flynn said.

Michael Flynn resigned after reports revealed he had spoken with the Kremlin about easing sanctions without the Trump administration's knowledge.

The White House is also dealing with fallout from the rocky rollout of Trump's immigration executive order, which has been blocked by the courts.

Sanctions were imposed after Russian Federation annexed the Crimean Peninsula and for attempting to interfere with the US election.

Conway's media appearances on Tuesday come amid virtual silence from Republicans on Flynn's resignation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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