FBI Not Expected To Pursue Charges Against Michael Flynn

"The Intelligence Committee is already looking at Russian involvement in our election and they have broad jurisdiction over the intel community writ large and they can look at whatever they choose to", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., adding that "it's highly likely they'd want to take a look at this episode as well".

Flynn is the third Trump aide to step back amid questions about his ties to Russian Federation since the mogul began his improbable White House bid. The White House said an erosion of trust led to Flynn's resignation, and there was nothing illegal in Flynn's conversations with the Russian envoy.

"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". If Trump only just found out that Michael Flynn spoke to the Russians about sanctions, he's a dupe. "The President was very concerned that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others". Flynn reportedly said in his resignation letter he gave Pence and others "incomplete information" about the calls and whether they dealt with US sanctions placed on Russia by the outgoing Obama administration in response to reported Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 election. FILE- In this February 1, 2017, file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.

The Trump administration has offered Flynn's former job to U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

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December 25 - According to incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Flynn sends a text to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak "wishing him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" and saying he looks forward "to touching base with you and working with you, and I wish you all the best".

"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine", Trump declared.

Democrats called for an independent investigation into Trump's Russian Federation ties and urged Republicans to join them.

A former Donald Trump associate and campaign official is blaming the bumpy start of the billionaire's presidency on mixed loyalties in the White House. Had they only put country above party a year ago, they - and we - would not be facing this crisis.

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But Petraeus fell from grace over the mishandling of classified information and remains on probation. Flynn and Kislyak "did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia" in their conversations, he says.

At issue is whether Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, broke diplomatic protocol and potentially the law by discussing USA sanctions with Moscow before Trump's inauguration. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night.

"It is not clear whether Mr. Flynn had a lawyer for his interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or whether anyone at the White House, including lawyers there, knew the interview was happening", the Times reported. This is yet another reminder that we also, urgently, need an independent investigation of Russia's interference in the presidential election and in our democracy.

The extensive contacts drew concerns of USA intelligence and law enforcement officials in part because it came at a time of Russian cyberactivities targeting mostly Democratic Party political organizations. A bipartisan smackdown came swiftly and Spicer said she had been "counseled".

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Democrats are also asking that the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation be made public.


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