Russia blames Washington hawks for Gen. Flynn's resignation

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday Feb. 16 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Russia blames Washington hawks for Gen. Flynn's resignation

Flynn has since backtracked on his story and apologized directly to the Vice President. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr., according to a statement from the White House.

US President Donald Trump knew weeks ago there were problems with Michael Flynn's Russian Federation phone calls, a White House spokesman has said.

Seemingly stung by the departure of Mr Flynn, considered one of the most pro-Russian officials in Mr Trump's cabinet, Russian media and former officials claimed on Wednesday that the United States security establishment was waging a campaign against the White House.

Trump's national security adviser resigned over his alleged contact with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office, about which he admitted providing vice president Mike Pence with "incomplete information". Flynn, who initially claimed that the topic had not come up during the discussions, later had a spokesman say he could not rule out the possibility that Flynn and Kislyak had talked sanctions.

Mr Flynn resigned over allegations he discussed USA sanctions with a Russian envoy before Donald Trump took office.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that phone call records and intercepted calls showed members of Trump's presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the November 8 election in which Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. "We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, 'We're going to review sanctions, ' or anything like that".

Strangely, Flynn did not resign after that admission, but dragged the vice president into his predicament.

Suspicious of Trump's and Putin's reactions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began searching for answers in communications between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the Trump transition team. Rumors are flying throughout Washington about the disarray in the national security offices of the White House. You saw it. And the leaks are absolutely real.

Some Democrats have called for a deeper investigation into contacts that Flynn and other Trump aides reportedly had with Russian officials.

He said Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager who has ties to Ukraine and Russian Federation, was a "respected man". "He continues to raise the issue of Crimea, which the previous administration had allowed to be seized by Russia", Spicer said.

At the news briefing on Tuesday, Mr Spicer explained why the president had asked Mr Flynn for his resignation, saying there was an "evolving and eroding level of trust".

Trump has been president for less than a month, and already the Watergate query is all the capital is talking about, and, as a result, there is a widespread sense of a White House in deep, perhaps cataclysmic, trouble.

Flynn wasn't the only Russian Federation proponent in the administration.

Manafort, a former lobbyist for a pro-Moscow political party operating in Ukraine and other regional entities, resigned from the Trump campaign in August 2016, after facing pressure to explain his lobbying of the USA government on behalf of foreign governments without being properly registered.

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