MAMOSA Report: President Trump should thank his lucky stars that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, because Democrats would be announcing a Benghazi-style inquest today if they could, The Washington Post writes on national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation on Feb. 13 — after revelations that he had discussed sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. prior to Trump taking office.
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According to The New York Times report, Flynn’s resignation prompts calls to redouble investigations of Russia contacts and and “the administration now faces questions about what the White House knew about the situation,” wrote USA Today…more
Citing reports that the Justice Department warned the White House a month ago that Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail because he had misrepresented his talks with the Russian official, Democrats and other Trump critics made clear they would continue to press Trump and the administration about the incident, including Russia’s overall role in the 2016 election.
According to WP, Michael Flynn lost his job as national security adviser after just 24 days less because he offered potentially-illegal secret assurances to Russia’s ambassador, an adversary of the United States, than because he gave a false accounting of those conversations to his colleagues in the White House, particularly Vice President Mike Pence.
The episode will probably give added momentum to John McCain’s effort to codify existing sanctions into law so that the administration cannot unilaterally unwind them… more
Business Insider adds: Flynn “is now the third Trump adviser — and second top Trump official — to resign over his ties to Russia throughout the course of Trump’s campaign and nascent presidency.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was first. Carter Page, an early foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, subsequently took a leave of absence from the campaign amid scrutiny over his dealings with Russia.
All three are mentioned in an unsubstantiated dossier alleging serious misconduct and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia’s government. The document’s findings were presented by top US intelligence officials to President Donald Trump and senior lawmakers last month.
The White House has dismissed the dossier as fiction, and some of the facts and assertions it includes have indeed been proven wrong. But some of the dossier’s material has been corroborated by US intelligence officials, CNN reported last week.”