The acting attorney general warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for lying. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited almost three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House officials said. However, he said that Mr Trump had concluded he could not trust the man tasked with advising him on matters of national security.
Following news of his departure, Republican Sen.
The White House reportedly withdrew Flynn from a planned speaking slot at a National Defense Industrial Association symposium on Monday. In a post on his verified Twitter account, Trump said, "The fake news media is going insane with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred".
The Trump team's account of Flynn's discussions with the Russian envoy changed repeatedly over several weeks, including the number of contacts, the dates of those contacts and, ultimately, the content of the conversations. Indian NSA Ajit Doval had an extended meeting with Flynn in December and both sides had felt pleased the two, both with extensive intelligence experience, had got along well.
But he was not quick to fire Mr Flynn, a strong advocate of a better relations with Russian Federation and a hard line against Islamist militants.
"You're saying that was the straw that broke the camel's back", Lauer said of reports that Flynn misled Vice President Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, including five calls made on December 29, the day President Obama issued tougher sanctions on Russia for their interference in the USA election.
"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 (Sergey Kislyak)".
After Flynn quit, Donald Trump named Lt Gen (Retd) Keith Kellogg, a decorated Vietnam war veteran who was serving as a director on the joint chiefs of staff, the interim national security advisor. Last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that General Flynn misled them.
"The President asked them to commit a review of whether there was a legal situation there".
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He did, however, visit North Korea at least once after his younger half-brother took charge - for their father's funeral in 2011. He was born from his father's nonmarital relationship with Sung Hae-rim, a South Korean-born actress who died in Moscow.
Flynn, 58, is believed to have told the vice president that neither sanctions nor policy matters were discussed, The New York Times reported. The official said Pence was relying on information from Flynn when he went on television and denied that sanctions were discussed with Kislyak.
However, nobody has been prosecuted in modern times under the law, which dates from 1799. As early as last week, he and aides began making contingency plans for Flynn's dismissal, a senior administration official said.
The Logan Act prevents USA civilians from negotiating with foreign governments.
Democrats, who do not have control of Congress, clamoured for probes into Mr Flynn, and asked how much Mr Trump knew about his connections to Russian Federation.
"The idea that he did this on his own without any direction is a good question to ask", Mr Graham said, according to the Associated Press.
"The president is evaluating the situation", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.
Officials and experts say such a disclosure with an adversary of the United States is a remarkable breach of security protocol and a potential violation of the Logan Act.
Spicer said the question wasn't whether Flynn had done something illegal, but that he had eroded the truth between himself and the president. Pence learned about the Justice Department warnings to the White House around the same time.