Top GOP senators back probe of Michael Flynn's Russian connection

Top GOP senators back probe of Michael Flynn's Russian connection

At the time of the conversation, Trump, who was not yet inaugurated, had tapped Flynn to handle one of the most sensitive national security posts in the his new administration. There are already allegations that Moscow interfered in the presidential elections in favour of Mr. Trump and that the Russians have some compromising personal information about Mr. Trump.

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When a Washington Post report emerged last week quoting officials saying the subject of sanctions had in fact come up, Flynn left open the possibility that he had discussed sanctions but could not remember with 100 percent certainty, an administration official said.

While Pence seemed to be kept in the dark, Trump was first told about Flynn's phone calls nearly three weeks ago, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

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On Monday, Donald Trump asked for Flynn's resignation after his level of trust eroded to the point that he felt he needed to make a change, Spicer said.

"General Flynn is a good man who has many decades of service defending this nation", Cruz said after speaking to a San Antonio group in Washington. Yates told the lawyer the White House's public accounts differed from the contents of the actual discussion and that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

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Spicer said Trump will evaluate potential successors to Flynn immediately. But he stopped short of calling on the retired lieutenant general to testify in hearings. "I'm going to take a look at it", Trump said.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was noncommittal about whether his committee would investigate Flynn.

Trump previously has criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "obsolete" and raised concerns about the financial commitment of the USA compared with other members.

The White House on Monday released a statement naming Lt. The sanctions were meant to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election. But other Republicans joined the call for an investigation into Flynn. "There's gold in them there hills", he said. "And so you can't expect them to be able turn on a dime".

"What strikes me is how freaky the whole story is. So we can't expect them to do everything as well as they do, let's say, two months from now". It raises even more questions about administration officials' dealings with Russian Federation and the way the government functions.

His fellow Texas Republican, Sen.

Several intelligence officials BuzzFeed News spoke with lamented that their only windows into the administration lately have been through Twitter, or inquiring reporters. Earlier this year, intelligence agencies briefed House members about the Russian hack of the Democratic party apparatus.