Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Mr. Pence repeated that claim in television interviews. A former administration official said the Justice Department warned the White House last month that Mr. Flynn had not been fully forthright about his conversations with the ambassador. As a result, the Justice Department feared that Mr. Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.
In his resignation letter 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. I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology.
I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.“
This new chaos that has gripped the White House in the first weeks of the Trump administration — and created a sense of uncertainty around the world about this new presidency.
And bigger questions have been raised. Last night on CNN, Democratic strategist, David Axelrod, repeated the famous phrase that touched off the Watergate scandal, over 40 years ago, which led to President Nixon‘s resignation,
“What did the President know and when did he know it?“
You’d better know half of Washington is having coffee this morning and mulling that very question.
(via New York Times)