GOP Senators Call for Investigation Into Flynn

Meanwhile, Trump insists leaks are the 'real story'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2017 1:57 PM CST
Trump Says Leaks, Not Flynn's Resignation, Are 'Real Story'
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during a daily news briefing at the White House less than two weeks before he would resign.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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:

  • On Tuesday morning, Kellyanne Conway told Today that Flynn decided to resign because he "knew he had become a lightning rod."
  • But during a press briefing a few hours later, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said Trump asked Flynn to resign due to an "eroding level of trust," the New York Times reports. Spicer also insisted that Flynn hadn't broken the law.
  • Regardless, even Republican senators—including Senate majority whip John Cornyn—are now calling for an investigation into Flynn and his talks with the Russian ambassador, though Cornyn wouldn't go so far as to say Flynn should testify, according to CNN.
  • Meanwhile, Trump insists leaks, not Flynn's resignation, are the "real story." "Why are there so many illegal leaks coming out?" Politico quotes the president as saying.
  • The Washington Post has a list of 10 questions about Flynn's actions and resignation that still haven't been answered, including if Flynn will face prosecution or if Spicer or the vice president will apologize to America for lying, deliberately or otherwise.
  • Finally, Vox reports that before the Flynn situation, lifting Russian sanctions would be "controversial but doable" for Trump. But to do so now "would blow up in Trump's face."
(More Michael Flynn stories.)

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