Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn and Russian Federation

Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn and Russian Federation

Citing U.S. officials, the Post publishes a report stating that Flynn did discuss U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak during the month Trump took office, despite administration officials' denials. Trump has tasked retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg with filling the role temporarily but is also considering two other retired military leaders to permanently replace Flynn.

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser.

The Times, citing current and former US officials, said USA law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they discovered Russian Federation was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee. Nunes has said he's not interested in investigating Flynn.

Trump initially thought Flynn could survive the controversy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the president's views, but a pair of explosive stories in The Washington Post in recent days made the situation untenable.

At a news conference later with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump charged that intelligence leaks to the news media were "a criminal act". The White House says Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the discussions.

The Trump administration has been aware of these concerns for some time.

Flynn has also not been cleared in the broader investigation into whether he and others in the Trump campaign were in regular contact with Russian officials during the election.

In Twitter posts on Wednesday, Trump called the reported Russian connection with his campaign team nonsense, adding: "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy".

Flynn's January 24 interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation could expose him to charges, since lying to the agency is a felony, but any decision to prosecute would lie with the Justice Department.

Samsung chief arrested over S.Korean scandal
Like Lee, Park's confidante Choi was previously arrested and is awaiting trial, as is Samsung Electronics President Park Sang-jin. The prosecutor is also preparing to bring bribery charges against President Park who can not be indicted while she is in office.

Yet if there is a line too far, at which point Republicans will feel duty-bound to call for an independent investigation of their president or his administration, Trump hasn't crossed it yet.

"You can not have the national security adviser misleading the vice president and others", Ryan said.

"I think Congress needs to be informed of what actually Gen. Flynn said to the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions", Graham told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour". Spicer denies the timing of the call, then later acknowledges it. Spicer says Flynn and Kislyak did not discuss sanctions.

Adam Schiff (Calif.), the panel's ranking Democrat, intends to ask Nunes at a meeting Wednesday afternoon to expand the scope of the committee's investigation into Kremlin interference in last year's election to include Flynn's communications with the Russians.

The White House had painted Trump's final decision as based on Flynn misleading Vice President Mike Pence.

On Thursday, Trump dismissed the controversy about ties between his aides and Russian Federation as a "ruse" and "scam" perpetrated by a hostile news media, and he denied any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year's election.

Russian Federation did not respond in its normally aggressive way to the explosion of alleged agents from its diplomatic posts in the USA and the closure of several compounds allegedly used for espionage activities, leading to suspicion that it believed that the Trump administration would act in a way more conducive to Moscow's position.

He said Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, was "a wonderful man" who has been treated "very, very unfairly by the media".

Related Articles

  • Gambia: Adama Barrow sworn

    Gambia: Adama Barrow sworn

    Mr Barrow said his government would start work immediately to encourage investment in other sectors such as technology. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Barrow on Tuesday, saying: "We are here to help".

    Matt Damon on his fake long hair: 'It was gross'

    Direction by Yimou Zhang who brought House of the Flying Daggers to the screen uses numerous ploys that made that film exciting. Matt Damon attends the premiere of " The Great Wall " at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on February 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

    Roman Polanski wants to return to US

    Samantha Geimer, Polanski's then 13-year-old victim (she's now in her 50s), has repeatedly called for the case to be dropped. But, in 1978, he fled to France, convinced a judge was going to scrap the plea deal and hand him a hefty prison sentence.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Responds to the Rise of Trumpism

    Mark Zuckerberg Responds to the Rise of Trumpism

    One thing Facebook will try to do is suggest "meaningful communities". When in doubt, we always favor giving people the power to share more.
    Oakland Police Disarm and Arrest Man Firing Rifle at Officers, Residents

    Oakland Police Disarm and Arrest Man Firing Rifle at Officers, Residents

    At one point, he was spraying obscene graffiti on homes and cars including a penis on a vehicle parked on the street. When officers arrived, the suspect was in the street and began shooting at the officers.

    California Facing Most Powerful Storm of the Season

    Rain and wind wiped out play in golf's Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles , where a eucalyptus tree cracked. Two people in a auto were rescued and four students on the bus were removed and taken to a school office, Mr Sherwin said.
  • Flip or Flop's Tarek and Christina Break Silence on Their Dramatic Split

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: The rumors surrounding Tarek and Christina El Moussa's divorce aren't quite believable. Invoking Donald Trump's infamous "fake news" mantra, the two said a lot of the gossip out there about the split is simply untrue.
    3 held in Kim Jong-nam's death

    3 held in Kim Jong-nam's death

    Malaysia's Chinese-language daily China Press reported on Saturday that the arrest was made on Friday evening in the capital. However, she also said that if the women had actually been involved in a prank, "They would not have run away".

    Unilever rejects £111 billion offer from Kraft Heinz

    The company is the world's fourth-largest consumer goods company by sales, with revenues previous year of €52.7 billion. Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).
  • What's open, closed on Presidents Day?

    In other words, while most of us have the day off, liberals are treating Presidents Day as just another day with a "Y" in it... Here's a brief guide to navigate this federal holiday without wasting too much time heading to locations that are closed.

    Massive Number of Manatees Revealed in a New Survey

    Aslan notes that few species have been downlisted, and most too recently to know how the reclassification affected the population. The agency's other argument for changing the listing: a computer model that shows they now stand little chance of going extinct.

    We Love Lana Del Rey's New Track

    Lana Del Rey has sparked rumors of new music by having a series of mysterious posters installed around Los Angeles. She has a new album coming out very soon, and surprised fans with a brand new single yesterday, " Love ".