Serious questions remain unanswered about whether the President knew of Flynn's conversations with the Russians, and about Vladimir Putin's relationship with other individuals close to the President.
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"Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House counsel of the situation, the White House counsel briefed the President and a small group of senior advisers", Spicer said.
"This was an act of trust - whether or not he misled the vice president was the issue and that was ultimately what led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of Gen. Flynn", Spicer said. The ban triggered protests across the United States, confusion at USA and overseas airports and multiple legal challenges.
Flynn left his post after reports that he held multiple phone calls with Russia's ambassador to the USA about sanctions on Moscow before Trump took office.
Corker said the Russian Federation issue was threatening Trump's agenda on foreign affairs and domestic matters like healthcare and tax policy.
December 30 - Putin announces he won't immediately retaliate against Obama's sanctions, breaking from a pattern of angry denunciations of US penalties.
"You can not have the national security adviser misleading the vice president and others", Ryan said.
The Seattle judge's order drew fire from Trump on Twitter, who criticized the jurist and the court system. Current and former USA officials interviewed by the Times declined to identify other President Trump associates contacted by the Russians. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night. He also told Vice President Pence that he did not discuss sanctions with Kislyak, a claim the vice president repeated on television.
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January 26 - The Justice Department informs White House Counsel Don McGahn that the White House denials contradict what intelligence officials knew to be true based on routine recordings of communications with foreign officials who are in the U.S. The White House says Trump and other senior advisers were "immediately" informed of the issue. "I don't know of anyone outside of the White House who knows". But this is no longer even disputed by the White House.
Manafort said he did not know where United States officials got the idea that he was in contact with suspected Russian operatives during the campaign but said he never spoke with any Russian officials during that time.
The Kremlin had confirmed that Flynn was in contact with Kislyak but denied that they talked about lifting sanctions.
CNN has reached out to Flynn for comment. A spokesman for Flynn tells the paper "that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up". Many lawmakers from both parties were appalled to learn that Flynn, in the weeks before Trump's inauguration, discussed with Russia's ambassador sanctions that the Obama administration was enacting as punishment for Russia's alleged interference in the presidential election. "I can not believe that they are including me in anything like that".
His leaving "may make a significant course change less likely, at least any time soon", the official said. Flynn meets with Pence and speaks with him by phone.
Yet if there is a line too far, at which point Republicans will feel duty-bound to call for an independent investigation of their president or his administration, Trump hasn't crossed it yet. He accused reporters of not telling the truth and only serving special interests. The president was informed of the warnings the same day, Spicer said.
"We are communicating this request to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation this evening", said Democratic representatives John Conyers of MI and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
Despite Flynn's resignation, Newport's ties to the NSA position may not be severed. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security advis. Flynn is spotted walking down the hallway that leads from the Oval Office to his office just after 10 p.m.