National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns


Miranda Curnutt

Michael Flynn, the National Security Advisor, resigned February 13th after it was uncovered that he had not been completely honest with White House officials about several phone calls to the Russian Ambassador during President Trump’s transition into the Oval Office. In his resignation letter, Mr. Flynn said he had given the Vice President Mike Pence “incomplete information” about his phone calls with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. He had previously claimed that he had no substantial conversations with the Ambassador, a claim that Vice President Pence had repeated in television interviews. However, the Justice Department had warned the White House late last month that Mr. Flynn had not been totally honest about his phone call with Mr. Kislyak, and because of this, Mr. Flynn might be susceptible to blackmail from Russia. A discussion of policy with foreign ambassadors is a breach in protocol, and the F.B.I had been investigating Mr. Flynn’s phone calls with Russian officials. The Army has been also investigating Mr. Flynn, in regards to whether he accepted money from the Russian government in a 2015 visit to Moscow.

Michael Flynn had been National Security Advisor for 24 days. K. T. McFarland, the Deputy National Security Advisor, is also expected to leave his role. The retired Vice Admiral R. S. Howard is being considered to replace Mr. Flynn.