Trump Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Flynn Quits Amid Rus­sia Con­tacts

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Wash­ing­ton: Michael Flynn re­signed his post as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’sna­tion­alse­cu­rityad­viser,a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said, news that came af­ter the Jus­tice Depart­ment had warned the White House of its con­cerns over Flynn’s con­tacts with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to the US.

This of­fi­cial, mean­while, re­jected re­ports that re­tired Gen­eral David Petraeus was be­ing con­sid­ered for Flynn’s job. The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity to de­scribe in­ter­nal per­son­nel mat­ters.

The White House had said ear­lier Mon­day that Trump is still “eval­u­at­ing” Flynn’s ac­tions amid ques­tions over whether he mis­led Vice Pres­i­den­tMikePence­aboutwhether he dis­cussed sanc­tions with Rus­sia’s en­voy to the US, Sergey Kislyak. Pence told a TV in­ter­viewer that Flynn didn’t dis­cuss the sanc­tions but now says he was bas­ing that as­ser­tion solely on Flynn’s word.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said the White House has been re­view­ing Flynn’s ac­tions for sev­eral weeks in light of the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s warn­ing.TheJus­ticeDepart­men­tac­tions were re­ported ear­lier by the Wash­ing­ton Post, which says for­mer act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral Sally Yates and other of­fi­cials warned the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion that Flynn had mis­led them about his con­tacts with the Rus­sian and might be vul­ner­a­ble to Rus­sian black­mail.

Trump fired Yates af­ter she said she could not en­force his ex­ec­u­tive or­der lim­it­ing im­mi­gra­tion from seven ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim na­tions be­cause she didn’t con­sider it a law­ful or­der.

Flynn’s ouster for hav­ing con­tacts with the am­bas­sador is a sign of US “para­noia” and shows that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ei­ther isn’t in­de­pen­dent or suf fers from “Rus s o p h o b i a ” , Ko n s t a n t i n Kosachyov, chair­man of the for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee of the up­per house of the Rus­sian par­lia­ment, wrote on Tuesday on Face­book. Hawks in the US treated readi­ness for di­a­log with Rus­sia as an Or­wellian “thought crime,” he said.

Michael Flynn

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