With Flynn gone, Trump's next move is crucial

With Flynn gone, Trump's next move is crucial

Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner of Colorado agree that Michael Flynn was right to resign his post as national security adviser after it was revealed that Flynn spoke with a Russian ambassador about USA sanctions on Russia and later lied about it.

In the Senate, Flynn is one of several figures close to President Trump who can expect to face tough questions as an intelligence committee investigation gets underway looking into Russian meddling before Election Day, the ranking Democratic overseeing the probe told ABC News.

The rumblings over President Trump's dealings with Russia have grown into a clamor since his national security adviser Michael Flynn abruptly resigned this week amid concerns about his communications with Russian officials.

Top White House officials have been reviewing Flynn's contacts with the Russians and whether he discussed the possibility of lifting USA sanctions on Russia once Trump took office.

A transcript of the call produced by the US intelligence community shows that the two men did discuss sanctions, NPR reported.

General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and attempted interference in American elections. But the president did not receive a question about Flynn's future from a pair of reporters, and he ignored journalists' shouted follow-up inquiries as he left the room.

But let's be clear: the White House cover story for Flynn's departure makes no sense.

Trump asked for an investigation into the leaks in West Wing. The Kremlin, however, denied any talks on lifting the restrictions with Flynn or any other USA official.

Guest column: Public education isn't the only answer
Betsy DeVos has seen her fair share of opposition since being tapped to become President Trump's Secretary of Education. The vote, which was 50 in favor of her and 50 against her, was broken by Vice President Mike Pence in her favor.

Gen. Michael Flynn may have stepped down as National Security Adviser, but the scrutiny over his communications with Russian Federation is just beginning.

"Who tapped the phones?" 'What do the Russians have on President Trump that he would flirt with lifting sanctions and weakening North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?

"I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russian Federation, and the haters are going insane", Trump tweeted on February 7. CBS News reported on Sunday that Flynn's involvement in planning Netanyahu's visit made Trump nervous about dismissing him from his post before Wednesday's meetings.

Where US-Russia relations go from here is tricky. But it also addresses malicious action and there was nothing malicious or no poor intent on the part of General Flynn, when he was having discussions with any leaders from around the country trying to work on the smooth transition. Spicer said the White House council determined "immediately" Flynn had not done anything illegal while communicating with Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, and said there was no legal issue with Flynn's conversation with Kislyak.

But the press secretary insisted Gen Flynn had stepped down over a "matter of trust" rather than a legal issue.

Yates also reportedly was concerned that Flynn could have violated the Logan Act of 1799, a rarely used law that bars unauthorized US citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

A key challenge for the next national security adviser will be finding a way to restore trust with Trump's cabinet secretaries and gain the confidence of the current NSC staff, many of whom were hired by Flynn.

"I don't have an update", Spicer said.