Michael Flynn

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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 Tells NBC to Stop Covering 'Phony' Russia Story

Trump left signing ceremony without signing orders

(Newser) - President Trump had Russia and NBC on his mind Saturday. "When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story," he tweeted . In a follow-up tweet , he slammed the 'Fake News Media for "pushing... More »

Lawyer: Flynn 'Certainly Has a Story to Tell'

His offer to testify in return for immunity could be a non-starter, experts say

(Newser) - Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly offered to talk to the FBI and congressional investigators about possible Trump campaign links to Russia in return for immunity—but they might not take him up on it. Experts tell the Washington Post and the New York Times that the idea... More »

Mike Flynn Reportedly Ready to Trade Testimony for Immunity

Officials say he's made the offer to the FBI and intelligence committees

(Newser) - Mike Flynn has offered to talk to the FBI and the intelligence committees of both the House and Senate regarding what he knows about potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign—provided he's given immunity from prosecution, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal cites anonymous officials close... More »

Flynn's Lawyers Told White House He Was Foreign Agent

He worked for Turkish firm while advising Trump

(Newser) - The White House claims it didn't know about it when he was hired as national security adviser—and Mike Pence says it backs up President Trump's decision to fire him. Mike Flynn filed paperwork this week stating that he was a foreign agent lobbying on behalf of the... More »

At Center of All These Russia Stories: Sergey Kislyak

Ambassador is said to be a master networker

(Newser) - As Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains mired in controversy about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, more info is emerging about the man NBC News refers to as "the shadowy apparatchik at the center of Trump's Russia crisis." Kislyak, who has held his post since 2008,... 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 »

Trump Says 'Criminal Action' Brought Down Flynn

He says this is all a distraction from 'many mistakes' of Clinton's losing campaign

(Newser) - President Trump is again insisting that the leaks from the intelligence community that brought down Michael Flynn are a bigger story than the national security adviser's abrupt resignation. "Intelligence, papers are being leaked. Things are being leaked. It's a criminal action—criminal act—and it's been... 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 »

GOP Senators Call for Investigation Into Flynn

Meanwhile, Trump insists leaks are the 'real story'

(Newser) - More than 12 hours after President Trump's national security adviser suddenly resigned, and the story looks poised to continue dominating headlines and the goings-on in Washington for the foreseeable future. Here are some of the latest updates on the ongoing Michael Flynn situation: 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 Steps Down Over Russia Controversy

He's out after 24 days as national security adviser

(Newser) - Michael Flynn has stepped down as national security adviser less than a month into the Trump administration. Flynn abruptly resigned Monday night after coming under increasing pressure over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US while Trump was president-elect, CNN reports. "I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect... More »

Trump 'Evaluating Situation' Involving Flynn, Russia

White House gives an update

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is "evaluating the situation" regarding his embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, the White House said Monday, deepening the uncertainty surrounding Flynn's future in the new administration. Flynn apologized privately for the controversy to Vice President... More »

White House Is Silent on Flynn

Senior adviser won't discuss whether Trump still has confidence in his National Security Adviser

(Newser) - The White House wasn't exactly resounding on Sunday in its defense of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "That's the question that I think you should ask the president, the question you should ask Reince [Priebus], the chief of staff," senior policy adviser Stephen Miller told Meet ... 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 »

The US Is 'Officially Putting Iran on Notice'

Michael Flynn calls Iranian missile test 'destabilizing'

(Newser) - President Trump's national security adviser said the US is "officially putting Iran on notice," without specifying exactly what that means, Reuters reports. According to NBC News , Michael Flynn made the remark during a "surprise appearance" at a White House press briefing Wednesday. It was spurred by... 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 Team Fires Flynn Son Over PizzaGate Tweets

Adviser's son pushed 'PizzaGate' theory

(Newser) - The son of incoming national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has apparently gotten himself fired from the Trump transition team for sending dubious tweets . The New York Times reports that a transition team spokesman said Tuesday that Michael G. Flynn is no longer working for the transition. Sources say... More »

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