No charges are expected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation against former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, regarding a phone call with Moscow's USA ambassador, in which he had allegedly discussed sanctions against Russia, CNN reported citing law enforcement officials Thursday.
A US official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russian Federation for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition.
A US official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russian Federation for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition.
Moulton also reacted to reports there was a three-week delay between Flynn's resignation and when the Trump administration was warned by the Justice Department about what was said on the calls, and what was said publicly about them. Shortly after, the Post breaks the news of the earlier Justice Department warning.
The Washington Post reported earlier the warning and that Yates was concerned Flynn was potentially vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russian Federation, an account that the official confirmed.
But as explosive as it is, the possibility that Flynn's contact with Kislyak violated a ban on diplomacy by private citizens isn't the biggest issue.
"I think the situation has taken care of itself" in light of Flynn's resignation, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told reporters. Former acting attorney general Sally Q Yates, who was sacked for opposing Trump's ban order on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, had earlier warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
The two people were not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The report also suggests Flynn had misled Pence.
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Spicer said other "questionable incidents" had contributed to Flynn's firing.
Senior administration officials told CNN that the front-runner for the post is former Vice Admiral Bob Harward, a former Navy SEAL who worked for Defense Secretary James Mattis at Central Command was the favorite.
Just over an hour later, Spicer released a statement that painted a different portrait.
Flynn is a retired lieutenant general who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama until he was forced out. Spicer said Flynn was not discussing sanctions at the president's behest. John McCain said. "Who is in charge?"
But the President and some House Republicans launched a fight back, trying to focus attention on the source of disclosures about Flynn's contacts with Russia that appear to have emerged from intelligence surveillance of the Russian embassy.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Florida at the weekend, Mr Trump said: "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden".
"We know that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president", Moulton said, "and that is either because Russia believes Trump is Putin's buddy, or it's because Russia has material they can use against our commander in chief". "We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, 'We're going to review sanctions, ' or anything like that".
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