President Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation is Trump’s most recent scandal and a sign of more to follow.
Michael Flynn resigned yesterday as evidence appeared to show that he had discussed Obama sanctions with Russian officials before Trump took office and then misled Vice President Pence and other top Trump administration officials about the matter.
Mr. Flynn is accused of breaking the Logan Act and making false statements.
The Logan act prohibits regular U.S. citizens from engaging in communication with a foreign government with the intent to influence that government, without the consent of the US government.
February 13, 2017
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 advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.
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 apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology
Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.
I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.
I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America’s leadership position in the world.
As I step away once again from serving my nation in this current capacity, I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.
I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.
Michael T. Flynn, LTG (Ret)
Assistant to the President/National Security Advisor
Republicans are wanting him before Congress for questioning.
What prompted the surprising response from Republicans? Don’t get too excited. This rare moment of clarity by the Republicans was short lived, as they do not want an independent committee to look into Flynn’s treason. This would rather lead the investigation and allow for televised public hearings.
Sound familiar? Remember when Hillary Clinton was put on public display in televised hearings? Yeah – expect something like that.
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