- Noom is a weight loss app that prioritizes your mental health 2 Years Ago
- Shane Dawson once joked about ejaculating on his cat—and people are furious 2 Years Ago
- Rep. Steve King posts Civil War fantasy meme—accidentally mocks own state 2 Years Ago
- Gaming company Valve removed tributes to Christchurch shooter 2 Years Ago
- The best new bands at SXSW 2019 Today 8:00 AM
- You can watch DC Universe’s acclaimed original shows for free Today 6:28 AM
- Ximena Sariñana talks capturing feminine energy on her latest album Today 6:00 AM
- The power of parasocial relationships in the age of loneliness Today 6:00 AM
- How to get started with WhatsApp on desktop Today 5:30 AM
- Netflix will remove controversial disaster footage from ‘Bird Box’ Sunday 4:04 PM
- J.K. Rowling’s latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ reveal is bringing the memes Sunday 3:01 PM
- President Trump calls for government agencies to ‘look into’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sunday 12:18 PM
- How to stream Michael Conlan vs. Ruben Garcia Hernandez for free Sunday 11:00 AM
- ‘Pet Sematary’ is a bloodless remake of a Stephen King classic Sunday 10:50 AM
- Here’s the Marvel movie order list you didn’t know you needed Sunday 9:59 AM
Trump national security adviser resigns over call with Russian official
Photo via Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn misled the vice president about a call with Russia’s U.S. ambassador.
Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser following reports that he discussed United States foreign policy with a Russian official and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the contents of the conversation.
Flynn’s resignation comes as a result of his conversation with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., regarding former President Barack Obama‘s sanctions against Russia imposed in response to the Kremlin’s attempt to tamper with the 2016 presidential election.
Two days after Flynn’s call with Kislyak was revealed in a Washington Post op-ed by David Ignatius, Pence defended him in a Jan. 15 appearance on CBS’s on Face the Nation, stating that Flynn “did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.”
Earlier on Monday, the Post revealed that the Department of Justice warned the White House about Flynn’s call with Kislyak and that he was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russia’s government.
The warning came from then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, whom the Trump administration fired after she sent a letter to her DOJ colleagues indicating she could not defend Trump’s immigration executive order in court over concerns about its legality.
The FBI had been monitoring Kislyak’s calls, reportedly allowing investigators to decipher that Flynn had discussed Obama’s sanctions against Russian operatives, a violation of a federal law known as the Logan Act. The FBI was reportedly investigating links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
In his resignation letter, Flynn fell short of saying he intentionally misled Pence, and instead provided the vice president 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,” Flynn said.
Just under seven hours before Flynn submitted his resignation, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said the retired Army lieutenant general had Trump’s “full confidence.” The White House told the Post they’ve been wrestling with the situation for “days.”
Retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg, who advised Trump on foreign policy during his 2016 campaign, will serve as the president’s acting national security adviser in lieu of a permanent replacement.
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.