Washington DC: United States’ National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, has resigned from his post after it emerged that the former US Lieutenant General had misled US Vvice President Mike Pence. There are fears that the controversy may snowball into a major issue in the coming days and more heads may have to roll.
In a press release, announcing the retirement of the controversial general, he said, “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.”
Michael Flynn initially said that he didn’t talk about anti-Russia sanctions imposed by President Obama to the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn had a long chat with the Russian ambassador the day Obama administration announced new sanctions targeting Russia.
Following reports of his talk with the Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it was suggested that Flynn violated the Logan Act. “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both” the act stipulates.
There are speculations that the conversation might have been recorded by the FBI as part of its surveillance of Russians in the U.S. many high Republican officials including even Vice President Mike Pence defended the former general saying he didn’t discuss the sanctions.
Nonetheless, following revelations, he said that he did not properly brief Pence before that interview. To be true, even after his acceptance there didn’t seem a chance that he was resigning. Nonetheless, things got complicated for him pretty fast. “The president is evaluating the situation. He’s speaking to the vice president — to Vice President Pence, relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is, our national security,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
Here is full text of Flynn resignation letter:
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.