BREAKING: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn RESIGNS!
National Security Advisor
On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted president-elect Donald Trump’s offer of the position of National Security Advisor.
After the election of Donald Trump, Flynn met with Freedom Party of Austria leader Heinz-Christian Strache. The Freedom Party of Austria announced on December 19, 2016, that it has signed a “cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party.” The Freedom Party of Austria was founded by in the 1950s by ex-Nazis. The Trump campaign refused to comment on the meeting.
On December 29, 2016, Flynn spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign; if there was intent to interfere with or defeat said measures, this may constitute a felony under the Logan act. Trump’s incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he doubted that Flynn and Kislyak discussed the retaliatory measures.
The Wall Street Journal reported on January 22, 2017, that Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials. On February 9, 2017, U.S. intelligence officials shared an account of Flynn’s interactions with Kislyak, which indicated that he did discuss the sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration, and Flynn’s spokesman released a statement that Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
On February 13, 2017, multiple sources confirmed to CNN that Flynn had resigned, following reporting on his communications with Russian officials.
Michael Thomas “Mike” Flynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who was the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and was the 25th National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, from January to February 2017.
Flynn’s military career was primarily operational, with numerous combat arms, conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments. He co-authored a report in January 2010 through the Center for a New American Security entitled Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan. In addition, Flynn served as the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, chair of the Military Intelligence Board, Assistant Director of National Intelligence, and the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He retired with 33 years service in the Army, a year before he was scheduled to leave his position.
On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Flynn would serve as National Security Advisor in his coming administration. As a member of the Executive Office of the President, Flynn will not require the advice and consent of the United States Senate. Flynn has drawn criticism for what are reported to be his close relations with Russia, and for his promotion and popularization of anti-Clinton conspiracy theories and fake news during the 2016 presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal reported on January 22, 2017, that Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials. On February 13, 2017, CNN and other outlets reported that he had resigned, citing White House sources.