Practically everyone in both parties now agrees that Russian officials, acting on Vladimir Putin's orders, launched an espionage operation to undermine the USA presidential election in 2016, at least in part to help put Trump in the White House.
I see the Democrats and some Republicans in Congress are hyperventilating today over retired Lt. Gen Mike Flynn as he resigned his National Security Advisor position yesterday.
New information suggests that not only did Trump know about Flynn's conversations, but that he had "no problem" with them. He said President Trump was right to accept Flynn's resignation. Now lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding to know more about what Flynn said and, potentially, who else may have been involved. "No one expected Trump to make some incredible moves on the Russian track in two or three weeks". Former president Barack Obama's official photographer posted a picture of his boss in a huddle with his aides during a 2011 crisis while he was on an official visit to El Salvador, pointedly, away from public view.
A White House spokesman says no classified material was discussed publicly at the Mar-a-Lago resort over the weekend.
Gardner, in an interview, didn't go as far as Bennet and said he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation - which reportedly interviewed Flynn - to finish its work, or brief lawmakers, before Congress launches something new. That includes a "very productive" meeting the committee held yesterday to go over new materials, Warner said.
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Trump hasn't been as generous with his press secretary, Spicer who has been the target of withering spoofs by an iconic comedy show that is understood to have deeply upset the president among other reasons.
Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10. "President Trump has accepted it (his resignation)". The conversation occurred on the same day President Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for what USA intelligence agencies was Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the November election.
While four congressional committees have already opened inquiries into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, the bipartisan outcry surrounding Flynn's resignation is amplifying pressure on the White House.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on February 15 that "Crimea was taken by Russia" during the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and added: "Was Obama too soft on Russian Federation?"
Mr. Flynn was accused of discussing the sanctions on Russian Federation with Moscow's ambassador to Washington before President Trump took office and ultimately admitted that he had given U.S. officials "incomplete information" about these calls.