WASHINGTON – Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Adviser Monday night, claiming that he had “inadvertently briefed” Donald Trump’s transition team with incomplete information on phone calls he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States before the inauguration.
Flynn, a retired general, cited “the fast pace of events” for his misstep and said that he has apologized to both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
On Friday, two reports said that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in phone calls, a move that would violate the Logan Act’s restriction on private citizens shaping foreign policy.
The reports countered the administration’s claims during the transition that Flynn held non-policy related calls with the Russian ambassador.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Attorney General warned the White House that Flynn could be subject to Russian blackmail based on the conversations he had. It is unclear why it has taken the Trump administration more than a month to continue to employ Flynn as the National Security Advisor.
The White House announced Monday night that Flynn will be replaced with retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg Jr., who will serve as acting National Security Adviser.
Flynn’s resignation came on the 25th day of Trump’s presidency.