Michael Flynn is officially out as Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser. Flynn resigned Monday night following weeks of growing doubts over his credibility and trustworthiness. Speculation over Flynn’s fate had reached a boiling point early on Monday, when it was reported that Donald Trump himself had lost trust in Flynn, following revelations that Flynn had withheld information from the White House and lied to key members of the administration, including vice president Mike Pence.
Reports the New York Times: “Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
“Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” to about a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration. Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with [the Russian] Ambassador.”
Flynn is under investigation for at least two separate reasons. First, the U.S. Army is investigating Flynn for the money he accepted to visit Moscow in 2015. Second, Flynn is under investigation by the FBI for improper contacts with Russia’s ambassador. In fact, Trump’s own Justice Department viewed the communications Flynn had with Moscow as a blackmail threat, given the possibility that Flynn’s denials of the communications could be directly contradicted by evidence (if any) held by Russia.
Flynn is the first high profile casualty of the Trump administration. Next to go? We will have to wait and see, but sources are saying Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus are both on the hot seat.