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Michael Flynn Has a Sudden Change of Heart

Wants to withdraw his guilty plea, says Justice Department acted in 'bad faith'

(Newser) - Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn filed court papers Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors had acted in "bad faith" and broken their end of the bargain when they sought prison time for him, the AP reports. The request came one week after the... More »

Trump Names New National Security Adviser

It's hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien

(Newser) - President Trump has named hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien to be his new national security adviser, reports the AP . Trump tweeted Wednesday that he has "worked long & hard" with O'Brien and that "he will do a great job!" Trump's announcement about O'Brien comes... More »

Trump: I Fired John Bolton. Bolton: No, I Resigned

Either way, the national security adviser is out of a job

(Newser) - John Bolton is out—whether he resigned or got fired is another question. President Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that he gave the hawkish national security adviser his walking papers. "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump... More »

Flynn Saved a Voicemail. Judge Tells DOJ to Release It

And to make public portion of Mueller report

(Newser) - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, and he provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, prosecutors said in a court filing made public Thursday. Prosecutors... More »

White House Asked Pentagon for Plans to Hit Iran

Bolton's reaction to failed attack 'definitely rattled people'

(Newser) - The attack—three mortar shells launched into Baghdad's diplomatic sector by Iranian militants—injured no one, but the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that it "triggered unusual alarm" inside the Trump administration. National Security Adviser John Bolton responded by asking the Pentagon to draw up plans to... More »

Lawyers: Flynn Made 'Uncharacteristic Error in Judgment'

They say he doesn't deserve prison time

(Newser) - Lawyers for Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment." The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which last week... More »

On Bolton's First Day, a Huge Foreign Policy Decision Awaits

New national security adviser will have to help president shape response to Syria

(Newser) - Monday is the first official day on the job for John Bolton, President Trump's "hawkish" new national security adviser. Bolton takes over for HR McMaster just as the Trump administration is facing one of its biggest foreign policy decisions yet—how to respond to an apparent chemical attack... More »

One Word Keeps Popping Up in Stories About John Bolton

New national security adviser is 'hawkish,' or perhaps 'ultra-hawkish'

(Newser) - President Trump made a big change in his foreign policy team Thursday by announcing that John Bolton would replace HR McMaster as his national security adviser. One word turning up in virtually every profile of Bolton is "hawkish," or sometimes "ultra-hawkish." Specifically, Bolton has argued for... More »

John Bolton Is Trump's New National Security Adviser

HR McMaster is resigning

(Newser) - President Trump is getting his third national security adviser in the first 14 months of his presidency, Reuters reports. Current national security adviser Lt. Gen. HR McMaster is resigning, to be replaced by John Bolton on April 9. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R.... More »

White House Losing Another High-Profile Member: Report

Sources say HR McMaster will be replaced as Trump's national security adviser

(Newser) - A day after Hope Hicks announced her resignation from the White House, "five people familiar with the discussions" say the Trump administration will be losing yet another high-profile member. In an exclusive report, NBC News states the White House will be replacing HR McMaster as national security adviser. The... More »

McMaster's White House Exit May Be Near: Report

Sources tell CNN he may rejoin the military

(Newser) - Could HR McMaster be the next figure to leave the White House? It's possible, according to CNN , reporting on "months of personal tension" between the national security adviser and President Trump. Six defense and administration officials tell the network the strained relationship is enough that the Pentagon is... More »

Flynn Move Could Be Ominous News for Trump

His lawyers have reportedly cut ties with Trump's legal team

(Newser) - Is former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now cooperating with Robert Mueller's special investigation? Sources tell the AP and the New York Times that Flynn's legal team has informed Trump's lawyers that they can no longer discuss the investigation with them, a move that suggests Flynn is... More »

Sources: Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plot to Abduct Cleric

Special counsel said to be investigating scheme to 'remove' Fethullah Gulen from US, bring to Turkey

(Newser) - At least two ex-members of President Trump's campaign team have been burned so far by the Mueller Russia investigation. Now, more rumblings about an ex-administration member. The Wall Street Journal Friday detailed an alleged plot that Robert Mueller is probing—one that involves Flynn and his son, Michael G.... More »

McMaster: The Real Problem Isn't What Trump Said

It's the leak, says the national security adviser

(Newser) - National Security Adviser HR McMaster stepped up his defense of President Trump Tuesday and sought to change the narrative of the classified-info flap : The problem isn't what Trump said, he argued, it's the leak. In a White House briefing, McMaster said that what Trump told visiting Russian diplomats... More »

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 »

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