Numerous news outlets are reporting that Michael Flynn has resigned. President Trump’s embattled National Security Advisor was revealed to have had illicit contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US in December during the transition period after the election.
CNN quoted a copy of the resignation letter in which Flynn said, “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.”
Flynn had denied that the conversations with the Russians had involved the sanctions imposed by President Obama in retaliation for Russian tampering with the US election. FBI intercepts revealed that Flynn had indeed discussed the sanctions in the phone calls, a possible violation of US law.
It was reported this morning that Gen. Flynn had apologized to Vice President Pence who had said publicly that Flynn had assured him that the conversations did not include talk about sanctions.
CNN reports that retired Gen. David Petraeus, the architect of the Iraqi surge before being ensnared in a sex scandal that resulted in a conviction for mishandling classified information, and Vice Admiral Bob Harward, a former Navy SEAL, are possible replacements for Flynn. Gen. Keith Kellogg will assume the duties of National Security Advisor in the interim.