White House Leaks: Donald Trump And Republican Hypocrisy Over Michael Flynn

Instead of focusing on the revelation that Flynn discussed USA sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence, Trump on Tuesday suggested attention should instead be paid to leaks coming out of Washington.

In particular, the Post report contradicted then Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that he was assured by Flynn that sanctions were not discussed when Flynn called Sergey Kislyak in late December.

USA intelligence agencies and the FBI are conducting multiple investigations to determine the full extent of contacts that President Donald Trump's advisers and associates had with Russian Federation during and after the 2016 campaign, according to four national security officials with knowledge of the matter.

His departure upends Mr Trump's senior team after less than a month in office.

The White House confirmed on February 14 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn about his conversations with Kislyak as part of its investigation into Russian influence in the US election and the Justice Department notified the White House about discrepancies between Flynn's public and private accounts of the conversations shortly after Trump took office.

Trump began by announcing Acosta's nomination and trumpeting his accomplishments ("I don't think there has ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done, what we've done") in the East Room of the White House before pivoting to berating the press for "dishonesty" that he said is "out of control".

In a resignation letter, Flynn said he gave Pence and others "incomplete information" about his calls with the Russian ambassador to the US.

It turns out he did, a disclosure that the administration says cost Mr Flynn the president's trust.

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The US leader said retired army general Flynn had been treated "very, very unfairly by the media", including what he called "fake media".

The Kremlin on Tuesday said Flynn's resignation was "not our business".

Democrats have called for an independent investigation into the chain of events involving the Flynn scandal, but Republicans have resisted doing so.

United States President Donald Trump has mounted a vigorous defence of his presidency at a White House news conference, accusing American news outlets of being "out of control" and vowing to bypass the media by taking his message "straight to the people". It would also allow Mr Trump to deal with Russian Federation on the issues, rather than through the prism of a scandal. Mark Meadows and Mark Walker, both members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, appeared on C-SPAN Tuesday morning, where they were asked about Flynn's resignation.

Meanwhile, congressional Democrats called for aggressive independent investigations into the matter and demanded to know how much Trump knew about his aides' Russian Federation ties. Fuck yeah he did, and the White House needs to stop acting like it didn't know.

Spicer, Feb. 14: We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth. Flynn, a retired USA army general, he has long called for closer cooperation with Moscow.

"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine", Mr Trump declared.

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