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Flynn May Now Face Criminal Prosecution

Leaders of House panel say he didn't get permission for work in Russia, Turkey

(Newser) - Michael Flynn's Russia headache just got worse: The two heads of the House Oversight Committee say the erstwhile national security adviser probably broke the law in regard to his foreign business dealings, reports the Washington Post . GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings say they reviewed classified... More »

Flynn Deputy Was Asked to Step Down From NSC: Report

Insiders say McFarland will be reassigned as ambassador to Singapore

(Newser) - The deputy national security adviser praised as an anti-terror hardliner when she joined the Trump administration is being reassigned to a new role about as far away from Washington as it is possible to get, officials say. A source tells Reuters that former Fox News security analyst KT McFarland has... More »

Trump's 'Warrior-Scholar' Praised as 'Fantastic Choice'

McMaster is getting rave reviews as pick for national security adviser

(Newser) - After the abrupt exit of Mike Flynn and a " Thanks but no thanks " from Bob Harward, it could be the third time is lucky for President Trump with his choice of national security adviser. Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, a highly respected military strategist, was unveiled as the... More »

New National Security Adviser Is a Respected Military Intellect

HR McMaster will replace Michael Flynn

(Newser) - President Trump has picked his new national security adviser: Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster. He is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," Trump said in announcing his decision Monday in Florida, per Politico . McMaster replaces Michael Flynn, who was asked to resign over his conversations with... More »

Why Flynn Probably Won't Face Charges for FBI Statements

Bureau thinks he was being truthful about call to Russian ambassador

(Newser) - Michael Flynn was no more truthful to the FBI about his talks with Russia's ambassador to the US than he was to Mike Pence and other administration officials, officials tell the Washington Post . The sources say that the then-national security adviser told the FBI during a Jan. 24 interview... More »

Trump's Pick to Replace Flynn Turns Down the Gig

Sources say Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward called job a 's*** sandwich'

(Newser) - Sources say Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward, President Trump's pick to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser, has turned down the role, calling the gig a "s*** sandwich," CNN reports. A friend of Harward's says he was turned off by how messy things currently seem... More »

Intel Community Felled Flynn, and That's Extremely Scary

'This is what police states do," warns Eli Lake

(Newser) - Critics of President Trump may be gloating about the ouster of Michael Flynn as national security adviser, but Eli Lake at Bloomberg View thinks they're missing a much larger point. Flynn was brought down because the intelligence community leaked transcripts of his talks with the Russian ambassador. This is... More »

Trump Knew About Flynn Problem Weeks Before Pence

Flynn could be prosecuted if he lied to FBI

(Newser) - President Trump knew that Mike Flynn had misled VP Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador weeks before Pence was informed, it emerged Tuesday as the national security adviser's resignation continued to rock the administration. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter tells the Washington Post that the vice president... More »

White House Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed

Moscow lawmakers blame 'Russophobia' for resignation

(Newser) - Michael Flynn stepped down Monday night after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser—and it's surprising he lasted that long, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, notified the Trump team late last month that Flynn... More »

Flynn's Talks With Russia May Have Broken the Law

National security adviser allegedly discussed sanctions before inauguration

(Newser) - President Trump's national security adviser may be in hot water over his talks with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. The upshot of stories in the Washington Post and the New York Times is the same: They say Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, despite... More »

Trump National Security Chief 'Inappropriately Shared' Secrets

He gave foreign officers CIA Afghanistan info

(Newser) - The man Donald Trump has selected to be his top national security adviser "inappropriately shared" classified information with military officers from friendly countries while he was serving in Afghanistan. According to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, Lt. Gen. Michael T.... More »

Trump Adviser Flynn, Son Take Flak for Peddling Conspiracies

They've used Twitter to push iffy reports

(Newser) - Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser is now the subject of a wave of negative headlines over his peddling of conspiracy theories on Twitter. The tweets of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn have been relatively tame since Trump picked him, but by Politico's count, he has pushed "... More »

Security Adviser Quits, Susan Rice Gets the Job

Tom Donilon resigns as national security adviser

(Newser) - National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will announce his resignation today, multiple outlets are reporting, and President Obama isn't exactly choosing a politically safe successor. Instead he'll tap Susan Rice , the US ambassador to the UN who's become a lightning rod thanks to the Benghazi controversy. The job... More »

Biden: I Advised Against bin Laden Raid

Panetta was the only adviser fully in favor, VP says

(Newser) - Joe Biden has admitted that he made the wrong call on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Describing the decision-making process to House Democrats at their annual retreat, Biden said that when President Obama asked his top advisers for their judgment on whether the raid should go ahead, Leon... More »

Obama Picks His No. 2 Security Chief

Denis McDonough will be deputy national security adviser

(Newser) - President Obama today promoted one of his key national security aides, Denis McDonough, to be his No. 2 national security adviser. He will serve under the new national security adviser, Tom Donilon, who held the second-ranking job himself until recently being promoted earlier this month to succeed Gen. James Jones... More »

National Security Adviser James Jones Stepping Down

Deputy adviser Tom Donilon will replace him

(Newser) - Gen. James Jones is resigning as President Barack Obama's national security adviser, to take effect in two weeks, say two senior administration officials. Jones will be replaced by Tom Donilon, the deputy national security adviser, say the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet... More »

Jones Puts Foot in Mouth With Jewish Joke

National security adviser draws fire from conservatives

(Newser) - Jim Jones gave a major speech at a top Middle East think tank last week, but the information he imparted has been drowned out by the kerfluffle over the joke he opened his remarks with—in which a Jewish merchant fleeces a thirsty Taliban fighter. It's tame stuff, and the... More »

Obama Leans on Karzai to Beef Up Cooperation

Surprise visit to Afghanistan spotlights emphasis on civilian cooperation

(Newser) - President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan today is in large part intended to impress upon the Afghan government the necessity of fighting crime and corruption in preparation to govern without American intervention. After meeting with Hamid Karzai, Obama said he was happy with the military accomplishments in the country, "... More »

Bomber Report Out Today a Shocker: Jones

Yemen confirms attacker met Awlaki; explosives Nigerian

(Newser) - The public will feel “a certain shock” at the security failures outlined in the unclassified report on the Christmas Day attack being released today, says national security adviser Jim Jones. In an interview with USA Today , Jones doesn’t downplay the miscues, saying President Obama is “legitimately and... More »

National Security Adviser: Obama Makes US Safer

Jones rejects Cheney, notion that new policies increase vulnerability

(Newser) - President Obama's policies have made America a safer place, his national security adviser said yesterday in his first speech since taking the job. James Jones cited strategies like the renewal of ties with allies and rejected suggestions the president had made the US more vulnerable, AFP reports. "No administration... More »

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