National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns After Concealing Improper Communications With Russian Officials
National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned on February 13 after just 22 days in his position amid controversy surrounding his improper interactions with Russian officials.
President Obama issued sanctions against Russia after evidence showed Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. elections.
After these sanctions were issued, “Flynn has conversations about this time with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and urged Russia not to retaliate. The call was captured on a wiretap of diplomats’ calls.”
Flynn denied discussing sanctions with Russian officials not only to the public but also internally to the Trump administration.
Sean Spicer eventually acknowledged Flynn had spoken with the Russian Ambassador about these sanctions. Flynn resigned on February 13 noting he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President-Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.” Trump reportedly asked Flynn to resign because of an “erosion of trust” around these calls and “because of what he said to Mike Pence“.