National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is out of the Trump administration after tendering his resignation following information that he had been less than forthcoming with the administration concerning communications he had with the Russian Ambassador to the united States.
His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. “I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others 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 wrote according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN. “I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way,” he wrote. “I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in US history.”
Some have assigned this leak to the Democrats. That may be true, but the same people have had no problem with multiple source leaks against the Democrats and the Obama administration. Personally, I don’t mind leaks on either side, as long as they are truthful. Apparently, these leaks were truthful, and Flynn acknowledges his part.
BREAKING: Michael Flynn resigns https://t.co/mfQ1URKLo5 https://t.co/gpCmuotxqG
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) February 14, 2017
Here’s the full resignation letter by General Flynn.
In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.
Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others 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.
Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.
I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.
I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America’s leadership position in the world.
As I step away once again from serving my nation in this current capacity, I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.
I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.
Michael T. Flynn, LTG (Ret)
Assistant to the President / National Security Advisor
Should Trump have accepted this resignation? You be the judge. I don’t really see an issue here. Did he forget parts? Maybe. Did he knowingly withhold information? Not according to him. He used the word “inadvertently.”
So, why should Donald Trump not keep him on? He’s not a Muslim Brotherhood member like many of Obama’s advisers were. He’s not a Communist like Van Jones. He made a mistake. It didn’t cost anyone their lives and as far as I can see, unlike Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server did. It has not resulted in any sort of national security threat, unlike what Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah was nor what his minions were.
Trump should hold a press conference, pull Flynn in front of the cameras and tell him he is not accepting his resignation due to political pressure. Seems simple enough to me.
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