White House was warned Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail

U.S. President Donald Trump joined by senior adviser Jared Kushner, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Oval Office at the White H

In his resignation letter, Flynn wrote that he "inadvertently briefed [Pence] and others with incomplete information".

Trump has named Lt. Gen Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr., as his acting national security adviser.

USA intelligence agencies and the FBI are conducting multiple investigations to determine the full extent of contacts that President Donald Trump's advisers and associates had with Russian Federation during and after the 2016 campaign, according to four national security officials with knowledge of the matter. The Post reported that an official told them that either Flynn misled Pence or Pence misspoke.

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's job appeared to be in jeopardy Monday after he acknowledged he may have discussed US sanctions on Russia during an already controversial series of December phone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

And it came as the White House conceded that Trump knew for weeks that Flynn, his ousted security adviser, had misled the White House about his contacts with Russian Federation.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Mr Trump was consulting with Mr Pence on Monday about his conversations with the national security adviser.

Gen Flynn resigned on Monday - less than a month into the job - after he allegedly discussed USA sanctions against Moscow with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a phone call late a year ago.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that phone call records and intercepted calls showed members of Trump's presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the November 8 election in which Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him if he didn't do it", Trump said.

Conway insisted on "Today" that 'misleading the vice president really was the key here, ' making Flynn's tenure 'unsustainable'.

Flynn told the Daily Caller on February 14 that "there were no lines crossed" in his conversations with Kislyak. Rumors are flying throughout Washington about the disarray in the national security offices of the White House. Reports based on leaks said "knives were out for him" and that his position was being reviewed.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump only moved against Flynn because he was attracting to so much news media attention.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation would not be commenting on the resignation.

Suspicions further raised after unverified reports Russian Federation may have compiled a dossier of compromising information about Donald Trump, which it could employ as blackmail.

But Vice President Mike Pence said on national television last month that Flynn's conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak did not address the matter. Others are demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoint a special counsel for any relevant Justice Department investigation. Less than an hour later, Spicer issued a statement saying that Trump was "evaluating the situation".

Senators expressed interest in the release of the transcripts to THE WEEKLY STANDARD Wednesday, but made clear that a wealth of unanswered questions still surrounds the events that led to Flynn's resignation. And by night's end Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign.

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



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