A day after national security adviser Michael Flynn announced his resignation, President Trump lashed out at the media, blaming them and “illegally leaked” information for Flynn’s resignation. The president did not explain why he had kept his vice president in the dark, nor did he explain why he had (and sill is) praised a man whom he said “misled the vice president.”
Flynn was not truthful about his conversations with a Russian ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration. Yet, President Trump still supports Michael Flynn, expressing his distaste for how “he was treated so badly.” Next in line for the position appears to be former Nay SEAL Vice Admiral Robert Howard. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered his support of Harward.
Following Flynn’s resignation, several Democrats demanded a thorough investigation into Russia’s ties with Trump. Majority Leader Mich McConnell stated than an independent investigation is not necessary because congress is currently looking at the situation through its committees.
Fox News reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee urged the Justice Department to investigate these leaks. It appears that the White House wishes to reprimand people who are sharing sensitive information with the public. It is unclear what the president deems is significant enough for the press and public to access.
Senate Democratic leaders do not appear to trust that the Republican lawmakers can conduct a fair investigation. They want to know what this resignation means concerning Russia. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) expressed that “the elephant in the room” is Russia. These ties may be serious, or they may be nothing.
Inside sources say that Vice President Mike Pence was visibly upset when he heard of Flynn’s resgignation, especially after he had just “vouched for Flynn in a televised interview.” Flynn continues to state that he did nothing wrong.
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