Michael Flynn Resigns, Damage Control Begins [VIDEO]

Michael Flynn Resigns, Damage Control Begins [VIDEO]

Michael Flynn Resigns, Damage Control Begins [VIDEO]

The news broke late tonight that Michael Flynn, the president’s national security advisor, had resigned.

The storm had been brewing since questions about Flynn’s conversations with Russia, and what exactly he told Vice President Pence about those talks.

Flynn’s resignation letter acknowledges that he was not entirely straight with the vice president.

The White House has examined a transcript of a wiretapped conversation that Mr. Flynn had with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, in December, according to administration officials. Mr. Flynn originally told Mr. Pence and others that the call was limited to small talk and holiday pleasantries.

But the conversation, according to officials who have seen the transcript of the wiretap, also included a discussion about sanctions imposed on Russia after intelligence agencies determined that Mr. Putin’s government tried to interfere with the 2016 election on Mr. Trump’s behalf. Still, current and former administration officials familiar with the call said the transcript was ambiguous enough that Mr. Trump could justify both firing or retaining Mr. Flynn.

While it may have been a sin of omission, it is one that the Trump administration cannot afford to have. And the person it really upset was Mike Pence.

Interestingly, this does prove how valuable Vice President Pence’s counsel is to President Trump (which is a good thing).

In his resignation letter, which the White House emailed to reporters, Mr. Flynn said he had held numerous calls with foreign officials during the transition. “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,” he wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

The White House said in the statement that it was replacing Mr. Flynn with retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr., a Vietnam War veteran, as acting national security adviser.

The full text of the letter can be seen here:

Anyone who has ever watched “The Apprentice” knows that Donald Trump will excuse many things. But he will never excuse someone lying to him. While he accepted Flynn’s apology, it is clear that he expected Flynn to resign so that the president would not have to break out the proverbial “you’re fired.”

Most pundit reaction has been one of relief.

The administration now has another mess to clean up, and damage control will begin immediately. Rumors are that David Petraeus may be interviewing for the position. Victory Girls will continue to watch the story for ongoing developments.

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  • Skillyboo says:

    The guilt of General Flynn is fact but there are many questions that now need to be answered.
    What are the implications of the wiretap? Was it approved? Was the White House informed of it prior to implementation? If not is an investigation required to find out the who, what’s and why’s of it as to its legality and possible criminal or treason charges?

    • SFC D says:

      If you use a government phone, you are agreeing to the possibility that your call can and will be monitored, recorded, and transcribed at the discretion of the government. Flynn, as a former Army officer, would know that. A buck-ass private knows that. He lied, he got caught, he tapdanced. Game over.

      • jacmo says:

        According to what is being reported General Flynn’s conversations were being recorded last summer. At that time he was not a government employee and as such it was highly unlikely he was using government phones. So if his phone calls were being recorded then there should be a court approved wiretap.
        My issue isn’t with his, as you put “it lied, he got caught, he tap danced”. My question is was this an illegal wiretap done for political gain.

  • GWB says:

    Flynn was always a questionable choice, given his past problems in the intel job. Loads of folks assumed (because 0bama) his troubles were just because he stepped on toes with a push for the truth. But it might be that he really is a problematic person to have on your team. A couple of old stories (2015 and 2016) mention him being a “maverick” and we know how well that works out with Senator McCain.

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