Michael Flynn Resigns: Read His Resignation Letter
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Michael Flynn Resigns: Read His Resignation Letter

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn answers questions in the briefing room of the White House February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn resigned from his position as the National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump on Monday night amid controversy over his contacts with Russia, the White House announced in a press release.

“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” Flynn said in his resignation letter. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

The controversy surrounding Flynn, centered around a call he was made to the Russian ambassador on the same day in December that President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia, grew on Sunday and Monday.

Questions had been raised for several weeks that Flynn violated the Logan Act by discussing sanctions with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during that call, which was possibly recorded by the FBI as part of its surveillance of Russians in the U.S.

Flynn and other members of the administration initially denied that he discussed sanctions during the call. Vice President Mike Pence denied the accusations during an interview with CBS in January.

“They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,” Pence told CBS News.

Flynn has now admitted he did not properly brief Pence before that interview. Some reports emerged Monday that Flynn said he did not intend to mislead Pence, but claimed he did not remember what he said during the contact with Russian authorities.

Heading into Monday morning, Flynn had no expectation he was going to resign or be fired, CNN reported.

About 4 p.m. Monday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC that Trump had “full confidence” in Flynn.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer backed off Conway’s comments in a scrum with reporters about 5 p.m., NPR reported.

“The president is evaluating the situation. He’s speaking to the vice president — to Vice President Pence, relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is, our national security,” Spicer told reporters.

About 8:30 p.m., CNN reported that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired over her refusal to defend Trump’s travel ban executive order, warned the White House that Flynn had misled the administration about his contacts with Russia and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.

And about 10:45 p.m., Flynn submitted his letter of resignation, CNN first reported.


You can read Flynn’ full resignation letter below:

In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.

Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.

I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.

I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America’s leadership position in the world.

As I step away once again from serving my nation in this current capacity, I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.

I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.


Retired Lieutenant General Joseph “Keith” Kellogg was appointed Monday night by Trump to be the acting National Security Adviser following Flynn’s resignation.

“General Kellogg is a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1967 to 2003, including two tours during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device, and the Air Medal with ‘V’ device,” the White House said. “He served as the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1997 to 1998. Prior to his retirement, General Kellogg was Director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

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General Keith Kellogg. (Getty)

Kellogg had been serving as the chief of staff to the National Security Council. He is expected to be one of the contenders to replace Flynn on a permanent basis.

Other contenders are expected to included retired General and former CIA Director David Petraeus and Navy Vice Admiral Bob Harward, Time reports.

NBC reports that Harward is the favorite to be picked to fill the position full-time.

Petraeus is expected to be at the White House for meetings on Tuesday, Politico reports. He would bring his own controversy to the Trump administration, as he was convicted for mishandling classified information in 2015.

The position is appointed by the president and does not require approval from the Senate.

Along with the question of who will replace Flynn, many are asking what President Trump and other administration officials knew and when they knew it.

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JOHN MAYOR

Since FORMER Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned after PROOFS emerged of his COLLUSIVE COMMUNICATIONS with Russian officials DURING this just past U.S. Federal Election (the which, Trump is now decrying!)!… or Flynn could have– and can now!– LEGALLY CHALLENGE this “TORTIOUS LEAK”!… this NOW PROVES that the claims of Trump’s involvement in COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA/ PUTIN TO UNDERMINE HILLARY CLINTON (AND THE DNC!), A-R-E R-E-A-L (as Trump, OBVIOUSLY, had close ties with Flynn– and knew what Flynn was up to!)? And so, this then makes Trump a TRAITOR (as TECHNICALLY REVEALED in, “So what are we supposed to do now?”, by Keith Olbermann!)! And so!… FINALLY!… we can now arrest this boob! Unless!… and of course!… Trump and/ or Flynn can PROVE that the “info” released re Michael Flynn is “FAKE NEWS”!… and, on other grounds, is T-O-R-T-I-O-U-S!
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And failing to arrest Trump on such grounds, places the ENTIRE American Intelligence machinery under suspicion of either COMPLETE INCOMPETENCE, or TRAITOROUS INDIFFERENCE to the safety and security of the American people!… AND!… to the safety and security of the GLOBAL COMMUNITY!
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Lastly, The UTTER CR*P coming from the lips of Rep. Devin NUNSENSE, Chairreignor of the House “Intelligence Committee”, smacks of the same BULLSH*T EXCUSES offered up by critics of Julian Assange, afterupon Assange’s revelation that innocent citizens were killed in U.S. Military efforts to capture the “bad guys”! Rather than admit to the TRAITOROUS ACTIONS of Michael Flynn… and thereby, Donald Trump!… NUNSENSE would prefer to CLOAK these actions under the “slight-of-hand” of FAKE NEWS, and CRIMINAL SPYING! And in the same manner that sundry have attempted to CLOAK the MURDEROUS ACTIONS of sundry members of the U.S. Military during the outbreak of Assange’s WikiLeak of AMERICAN MILITARY MURDERS!
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And on the matter of the revelations of Julian Assange, Julian Assange will be vindicated for his uncovering of the truth re sundry U.S. Military Strategic “Tactical Operations”, in the same manner that sundry were vindicated in the uncovering of the truth about the My Lai Massacre (see, Wikipedia!)! And DARE ANYONE suggest today, that revealing the truth about what happened at My Lai, was a BETRAYAL of the interests of America, and of American Security!
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Please!… no emails!

Anonymous

This is not over. If Trump knew anything about the phone calls, then he also broke the law. It’s only a matter of weeks before he is impeached. C’mon Dems!!

Anonymous

Now ,that comment above is funny !

It came from a Infidel !

Muslim sympathizer !

You’re Muslim King Obama cannot help you now !

Soon the Democrats will lose more seats they are getting weaker.

And american-born citizens will not have to put up with their racist comments and discrimination towards american-born children !

Anonymous

You don’t understand how to compose a complete sentence, so who will believe that you are an “American-born” citizen? Your hate-filled mind doesn’t understand that Msulims can be American-born citizens. Your hate-filled words reflect poorly on all of the American-born citizens that you claim to represent, yet you do not understand how the hate-filled actions of a a few terrorists results in a struggle for every single Muslim around the world – even the ones that are American-born citizens, who own websites that allow you to spew your hate-filled rhetoric.

Anonymous

First you an immigrant ! now you’re american-born citizen ? oh ! I get it, you are a racist, bigots from the Middle East Twisted it to your agenda.
(who own website ! ) .

It’s called freedom of speech !
Ass hole !

I don’t care about Muslims around the world !

I don’t believe in there satanic stick religion, they are infidels, pigs, Satan worshippers !

Stoning your women !

Beheading all those who are not Muslim !

Killing children !

You are the true evil of mankind ! The

Muslim are the descendants of Cain !

The truth hurts doesn’t it !

Anonymous

Anonymous @ 12:36 pm, aRe YOU FUXkING NUTS?!?!? Get some help, and fast dude . . . preferably in a rubber room . . . you brain needs to be quarantined–it’s septic and MAJOR deranged. Be a good boy, and get back in your cage.

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