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us defense intelligence agency suspends michael flynn’s security clearance


by: ap | washington | published:february 16, 2017 3:26 am former white house national security advisor michael flynn. (source: reuters)the defense intelligence agency has suspended ousted national security adviser michael flynn’s security clearance pending a review. flynn, a former director of the agency who was asked to leave that post, was forced to resign this week after the white house said he misled vice president mike pence about his contacts with russia’s ambassador to the us before the inauguration.watch what else is making news:a defense official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said wednesday that flynn’s security clearance was suspended tuesday evening. the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, described the suspension as a standard administ






trump national security adviser flynn resigns in controversy over russian contac


retired general keith kellogg, who has been the chief of staff at the national security council, has been named acting national security advisermichael flynn.washington: president donald trump's national security adviser, michael flynn, resigned late on monday under scrutiny over whether he discussed the possibility of lifting us sanctions on russia before trump took office.flynn submitted his resignation hours after trump said through a spokesman that he was reviewing the situation and talking to vice president mike pence. flynn had promised pence he had not discussed sanctions with the russians but it was later discovered that the subject had come up."unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, i inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information






us national security adviser michael flynn resigns over allegations of links wit


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 14, 2017 10:00 am national security adviser and retired us army lieutenant general michael flynn in new york city. file/reuters photous national security adviser michael flynn today resigned over allegations that he has contacts with russia. in his resignation letter, flynn said that in the fast pace of events he inadvertently briefed vice president pence with incomplete information about russian contacts. flynn says he ‘sincerely apologised to president donald trump and vice president mike spence and they accepted his apology’.on monday, a top white house adviser had said that flynn enjoyed the ‘full confidence’ of president donald trump.the justice department warned the trump administration weeks ago that embattled national security a






flynn resigns as donald trump’s national security advisor: white house


by: ap | washington | published:february 14, 2017 11:11 am the white house announced on tuesday that michael flynn has resigned as president donald trump’s national security advisor. (source: reuters image)the white house announced on tuesday that michael flynn has resigned as president donald trump’s national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with moscow. in his formal resignation letter, flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to trump’s inauguration: “i inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the russian ambassador.”watch what else is in the newstrump has named retired lieutenant general joseph kellogg, who was serving as a director on the joint chiefs of staff, as acting






trump taps army lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster as his new national security adviser


president trump named lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster his new national security adviser on feb. 20 at his mar-a-lago property in florida. (the washington post)president trump announced monday that he is naming army lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster as his national security adviser, replacing the ousted michael flynn.trump called mcmaster "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience” as he introduced him to reporters at his mar-a-lago estate in florida before leaving to return to washington.retired army lt. gen. keith kellogg, who has been serving in an acting capacity as national security adviser, will be the national security council chief of staff, trump said.both men were among four candidates whom aides said trump had planned to interview this weekend as the president sought someone to replace fl






russian lawmakers defend michael flynn, blame u.s. for his exit


russians are rushing to michael flynn’s defense. russian lawmakers backed up the former u.s. national security advisor after he resigned for misleading senior officials about discussions he had with russia’s american ambassador about sanctions. konstantin kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee on the russian parliament’s upper chamber, blamed flynn's sudden exit on xenophobia and incompetence from the trump administration. “either trump hasn't found the necessary independence and he's been driven into a corner... or russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom,” kosachev wrote on facebook.national security council staffer tapped to replace michael flynn he said flynn’s ouster was “not just paranoia but something even worse.” alexei pushkov, kosachev's l






michael flynn told fbi he had not discussed sanctions with russian envoy


by: reuters | washington | published:february 17, 2017 9:27 am former white house national security advisor michael flynn. (source: reuters)former white house national security adviser michael flynn told fbi agents in an interview last month that he had not discussed sanctions against russia with moscow’s us ambassador before president donald trump took office, the washington post reported on thursday, citing current and former us officials. flynn’s jan. 24 interview with the federal bureau of investigation could expose him to charges, since lying to the agency is a felony, but any decision to prosecute would lie with the justice department.us intelligence agencies intercepted flynn’s call with russian ambassador sergei kislyak after trump’s election, in which the two discussed sanctions,






white house adviser declines to say if trump still trusts flynn


- white house senior policy adviser stephen miller on feb. 12 declined to say if president trump still trusts national security adviser michael flynn. meanwhile, democrats scolded flynn after the washington post reported that flynn discussed sanctions with russia’s ambassador to the u.s. during the transition of power.()






controversial petraeus looms as possible flynn replacement


president trump is expected to name a replacement for former national security adviser michael flynn before the end of the week, and his list of three candidates includes a controversial choice — former cia director david petraeus, according to reports.the four-star general was forced to step down in 2012 after it came to light he’d shared classified information with his mistress and biographer, paula broadwell.petraeus pleaded guilty in april 2015 to mishandling classified information and was sentenced to two years’ probation.he also agreed to pay a $100,000 fine.because he’s still on probation, petraeus would have to notify his parole officer if he were to get the national-security gig and move to dc.but trump has previously been willing to overlook petraeus’ fall from grace, tweeting in






michael flynn could earn millions for tell-all memoir


the silver lining for ousted national security adviser michael flynn is that now he’ll have time to write a book.rugged land publisher webster stone — who came up with the idea for “rogue warrior,” which revealed the existence of seal team six — plans to meet with flynn in washington, dc, with the hopes of convincing flynn to write a memoir for his publishing house about the campaign and his brief stint on the trump team.“gen. flynn will be sought-after,” stone told me. “i expect to pay high-six to seven figures, because we’re talking about someone who not only knows where the bodies are buried, but may have buried some of them in the first place.”stone thinks flynn’s story will provide provocative insights into the administration.said stone, “gen. flynn has chalk all over his shoes from p






michael flynn’s speech at the republican national convention predicted his demis


the reasons president trump picked michael flynn for national security adviser were pretty well known: the retired lieutenant general had experience in the murky world of u.s. intelligence, and, perhaps more important, was a fiercely loyal voice on the campaign trail — a supporter who hopped on board before it was popular.that early loyalty got flynn a prime speaking spot at the republican national convention in july. and looking back on that speech now, flynn had pretty strong thoughts about a certain government official mishandling intelligence.retired lt. gen. michael t. flynn called for hillary clinton to drop out of the presidential race on july 20, 2016 at the republican national convention in cleveland. (republican national convention)“lock her up, that's right!” he chanted along wi






trump's national security adviser michael flynn resigns


president trump’s embattled national security adviser michael flynn resigned monday night, fox news reported.flynn, in his resignation letter, wrote that he "inadvertently" briefed  top officials with incomplete information regarding his call with the russian ambassador. "i have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology," the letter read.trump has named lt. gen joseph keith kellogg, jr., as his acting national security adviser.the white house earlier said trump was "evaluating the situation" regarding flynn's conversations with russia's ambassador to the u.s., deepening the uncertainty surrounding flynn's future in the new administration.flynn apologized privately for the controversy to vice president mike pence, according to a white ho






harward emerges as front-runner to replace flynn following talks


president trump's national security adviser michael flynn resigned feb. 13 after revelations that he had discussed sanctions on russia with the russian ambassador to the u.s. prior to trump taking office. (reuters)vice adm. robert harward, a former deputy commander of the u.s. central command, became the front-runner late monday to replace michael flynn as the white house national security adviser, following lengthy discussions among top advisers to president trump and several cabinet members after flynn resigned.harward’s rapid ascension to the top of trump’s three-person shortlist for the position was confirmed by two white house officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.vice president pence has been leading the discussions and working closely with defense secretary jim mattis,






harward emerges as front-runner to replace flynn following talks


former national security adviser michael flynn. (reuters/carlos barria)vice adm. robert harward, a former deputy commander of the u.s. central command, became the front-runner late monday to replace michael flynn as the white house national security adviser, following lengthy discussions among top advisers to president trump and several cabinet members after flynn resigned.harward’s rapid ascension to the top of trump’s three-person shortlist for the position was confirmed by two white house officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.vice president pence has been leading the discussions and working closely with defense secretary james n. mattis, homeland security security john f. kelly, cia director mike pompeo, white house senior adviser jared kushner, chief strategist stephen k.






harward emerges as front-runner to replace flynn following talks


president trump's national security adviser michael flynn resigned feb. 13 after revelations that he had discussed sanctions on russia with the russian ambassador to the u.s. prior to trump taking office. here's what you need to know. (deirdra o'regan/the washington post)vice adm. robert harward, a former deputy commander of the u.s. central command, became the front-runner late monday to replace michael flynn as the white house national security adviser, following lengthy discussions among top advisers to president trump and several cabinet members after flynn resigned.harward’s rapid ascension to the top of trump’s three-person shortlist for the position was confirmed by two white house officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.vice president pence has been leading the discussi






flynn’s days could be numbered after he ‘lied’ about russia: report


the trump administration has lost faith in national security adviser michael flynn, whose days could be numbered because of the widespread belief that he “lied” about his conversations with a russian envoy, according to a report.“the knives are out for flynn,” an administration official told the washington post on sunday.despite repeated assurances that he hadn’t meddled in us foreign policy during the presidential transition period, flynn reportedly assured the russian ambassador to the us that sanctions placed on the country by president obama would be eased once president trump took office. compounding the situation, vice president mike pence repeated flynn’s claim in media interviews“flynn is running out of friends, no question,” a different official told the paper. “the broad consensu






senate eyeing confirmation vote for trump’s new national security adviser


the senate will have to confirm army lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster’s third star if he wants to keep it while serving as national security adviser. (susan walsh/ap)president trump’s new pick for national security adviser may be subject to an unusual senate confirmation hearing if he wants to keep his military rank while serving in the job.lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster was chosen by trump this week to replace ousted national security adviser michael t. flynn, who was dispatched from the job because he misled vice president pence about what he told a russian official regarding sanctions on that country before the inauguration.the national security adviser does not have to be confirmed by lawmakers. but the senate will have to agree to mcmaster retaining his three-star general rank as he moves into a n...






deputy nsa k.t. mcfarland likely to resign from post: report


national security adviser michael flynn isn't likely to be the only leaving president trump's administration. deputy national security adviser k.t. mcfarland is expected to resign from her post following flynn's departure, the new york times reported tuesday. mcfarland, who has worked in three gop administrations, was hired by flynn.(andrew harrer / pool/epa) flynn resigned monday night after less than a month on the job, admitting he misled the vice president and other senior officials about discussions he had with russia's ambassador to the u.s. regarding sanctions.sally yates' warning may have set flynn's resignation into motion in a letter monday announcing his departure, flynn, 58, acknowledged giving "incomplete information" to vice president pence and others about a phone call he h






donald trump is evaluating situation around adviser michael flynn: white house


by: reuters | washington | published:february 14, 2017 7:28 am retired us army lieutenant general michael flynn. reuters/filepresident donald trump is evaluating the situation surrounding us national security adviser michael flynn over his russian contacts, trump’s spokesman said on monday, pointedly declining to make a public show of support for his embattled aide. a statement from white house press secretary sean spicer, read to reporters crowded around his office, suggested that the review into flynn’s activities stretched beyond the conversations he had with russian officials before trump took office on january 20. flynn had told vice president mike pence he had not discussed us sanctions against russia with russian officials, prompting pence to defend him in subsequent television int






flynn puts iran ‘on notice’ after missile test


president trump’s national security adviser, michael flynn, announced wednesday that iran is now “on notice” following another ballistic missile test.“as of today we are officially putting iran on notice,” flynn told reporters during the daily press briefing in the white house.the announcement comes in response to the iranians’ launching of a second ballistic missile, which flynn said was a violation of united nations security council resolution 2231.he bashed the obama administration for failing to respond strongly to iranian misbehavior, suggesting that things were going to be different under a trump administration.“the obama administration failed to respond adequately to tehran’s malign actions—including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international nor






michael flynn resigns as trump's national security adviser


embattled national security adviser michael flynn resigned from his position monday night, after days of speculation that his job was in jeopardy. the retired army lieutenant general fell afoul of the trump administration when it was revealed he misled vice president mike pence and other senior officials about the content of conversations he had with russia’s ambassador to the u.s. the justice department had warned the white house that flynn discussed american sanctions with the russians — without making the content of his calls clear to pence. in a resignation statement monday, flynn said he made numerous calls “to facilitate a smooth transition” and build strong relationships between trump and foreign leaders. he blamed the “fast pace of events” for briefing pence and others “with incom






russian officials defend flynn, say admin may be infected with 'russophobia'


a russian official said tuesday that the resignation of president trump’s national security adviser may show early signs that the administration has been “infected” by anti-russian feelings, reuters reported.michael flynn handed in his resignation late monday night, conceding that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with russia's ambassador to the u.s."either trump has not gained the requisite independence and he is consequently being not unsuccessfully backed into a corner, or russophobia has already infected the new administration also from top to bottom," mp konstantin kosachev said, according  to news reports out of the country.video: eric shawn report on flynn and russiakosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the russian parliament, sai






kellyanne conway barred from tv: report


presidential adviser kellyanne conway, arguably the most visible spokesperson in president donald trump’s administration, has not graced the world’s television screens since early last week. after repeatedly making on-air statements contradicting the trump administration’s official stance, the white house barred the republican president’s high-profile counselor from appearing in television interviews, a source told cnn. conway, in a feb. 13 appearance, claimed former national security adviser michael flynn had trump’s “full confidence” amid rumors that he misled officials regarding his communications with a russian ambassador. flynn resigned a few hours later.kellyanne conway implies michael flynn could have kept his job the following day, conway said fly...






kellyanne conway barred from tv: report


presidential adviser kellyanne conway, arguably the most visible spokesperson in president donald trump’s administration, has not graced the world’s television screens since early last week. after repeatedly making on-air statements contradicting the trump administration’s official stance, the white house barred the republican president’s high-profile counselor from appearing in television interviews, a source told cnn. conway, in a feb. 13 appearance, claimed former national security adviser michael flynn had trump’s “full confidence” amid rumors that he misled officials regarding his communications with a russian ambassador. flynn resigned a few hours later.kellyanne conway implies michael flynn could have kept his job the following day, conway said fly...






chuck schumer: jeff sessions must recuse himself from the flynn investigation


chuck schumer, a democrat from new york, is u.s. senate minority leader.the gravity of the issues raised by the events that led to national security adviser michael flynn’s resignation cannot be overstated or ignored. revelations about flynn’s contact with the russians and reports indicating that he may have lied to the fbi about that contact may be only the tip of the iceberg. there’s an overwhelming view in our intelligence community that russia tried to influence our election.the american people, and indeed american democracy, require a thorough and independent investigation into what transpired and whether any criminal laws or constitutional precepts were violated. such an investigation and any resulting prosecution would normally be carried out under the purview of the attorney ...






michael flynn did talk to russia about sanctions: report


president trump’s ­now-national security adviser had a private discussion in december about lifting sanctions against russia with its amb ador to the united states, despite repeated denials that he had broached the delicate subject, it was reported thursday.before trump took office and named michael flynn to the post, the former general spoke with amb ador sergey kislyak about the sanctions imposed by barack obama because of moscow’s cyber- ing efforts to influence the us presidential election, according to the washington post.after the discussions, flynn left the russian with “the impression that the sanctions would be revisited at a later time,” the paper said.a spokesman for flynn told the washington post thursday that, although his boss had indicated having no recollection of discussin






trump white house 'puts iran on notice' over ballistic missile test


washington: president donald trump's national security adviser, michael flynn, said the united states was officially putting iran on notice on wednesday over its "destabilising activity" after it test-fired a ballistic missile over the weekend."as of today, we are officially putting iran on notice," flynn told a white house briefing, without explaining exactly what that meant. an emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in iran. p o: apflynn said the ballistic missile launch on sunday was in defiance of a un security council resolution that called on iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.reuters






trump national security adviser michael flynn resigns


president trump’s embattled national security adviser michael flynn resigned monday night, after days of controversy over his past contact with the russian ambassador.flynn, in his resignation letter, wrote that he "inadvertently" briefed top officials with incomplete information regarding a call with ambassador sergey kislyak. "i have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology," the letter read. vice president mike pence, after being briefed by flynn, had said in television interviews that flynn did not discuss sanctions with the ambassador. flynn later admitted the issue may have been raised, which escalated the matter from a simmering controversy to a full-blown firestorm -- resulting in monday night's resignation.flynn, separately, t






graham: flynn ‘has a problem that he needs to fix with this president’


retired lt. gen. michael flynn(c) arrives at the trump tower for meetings with us president-elect donald trump, in new york on november 17, 2016. / afp photo / eduardo munoz alvarezsen. lindsey graham on monday said that national security adviser gen. michael flynn needs to make sure that president trump and the public can still trust him after reports that flynn misled administration officials about his conversations with a russian ambassador.flynn has been under fire in the days since a washington post report revealed that he discussed sanctions with sergey kislyak, russia’s ambassador to the united states shortly before trump’s inauguration. flynn denied that he discussed sanctions with kislyak both publicly and in private conversations with senior white house aides. graham on monday sa






flynn’s son, who pushed phony pizzagate, blames dad’s downfall on ‘disinformatio


michael flynn’s son is blaming a “disinformation campaign” for bringing down his father, who up until monday night served as president trump’s national security adviser.“the disinformation campaign against my father won #americafirst #usa #flynn #flynnresignation,” michael flynn jr. claimed on twitter.the tweet, which has since been deleted, came hours after flynn resigned his posting after being accused of misrepresenting communications with a russian official.flynn jr., who served as his dad’s chief of staff in the private sector, was a presidential transition official until being canned in december. the younger flynn was accused of spreading fake news on twitter.specifically, flynn jr. promoted the false #pizzagate conspiracy. “until #pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.






flynn reportedly lied to fbi about sanctions talk with russian envoy


former national security adviser michael flynn denied in an fbi interview last month that he had discussed u.s. sanctions against russia with moscow's ambassador to the united states, contradicting transcripts of intercepted communications between the two men, the washington post reported thursday. flynn, who resigned from president donald trump's administration monday evening, could face criminal charges. however, some officials told the post that bringing a case against him could prove difficult.flynn resigned monday night, admitting in a letter that he had given vice president mike pence and others "incomplete information" about his calls with ambassador sergey kislyak, pence, apparently relying on information from flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sa






after flynn’s resignation, trump says the ‘real story’ is ‘illegal leaks’


president trump's national security adviser michael flynn resigned feb. 13 after revelations that he had discussed sanctions on russia with the russian ambassador to the u.s. prior to trump taking office. here's what you need to know. (deirdra o'regan/the washington post)president trump on tuesday blamed “illegal leaks” for the downfall of national security adviser michael flynn, who resigned late monday amid reports of potentially illegal interactions with the russian ambassador to the united states before trump was sworn in as president.in a tweet, trump expressed frustration with what he views as a culture of leaks in the nation’s capital. “the real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of washington?” he wrote. “will these leaks be happening as i deal on n. korea






flynn resigns, democrats call for investigation


flynn resigns, democrats call for investigationthe trump administration said national security adviser michael flynn was asked to resign over issues of trust. meanwhile, democrats are calling for an independent investigation into his talks with russia. (feb. 14)






sean spicer: president trump ‘evaluating the situation’ of flynn’s contacts with


embattled national security adviser michael flynn, center, flanked by kellyanne conway and jared kushner. (jim lo scalzo/european pressphoto agency)white house press secretary sean spicer on monday would not confirm that president trump has confidence in his national security adviser michael flynn, and said that the president is still "evaluating the situation."in a statement, spicer contradicted the comments made by another senior aide, kellyanne conway, who just hours earlier had said that the president remained confident in flynn. the mixed signals come amid growing concerns about whether flynn communicated with russian officials about sanctions before trump took office and caused vice president pence to mislead the public about those conversations."he's speaking to vice president pence






us congressman calls for probe into michael flynn-russia interactions


by: pti | washington | published:february 17, 2017 12:57 pm former white house national security advisor michael flynn. (source: reuters)washington, feb 17 (pti) indian-american congressman raja krishnamoorthi on friday demanded a full investigation into former national security advisor michael flynn and the trump administration’s interactions with the russian government. “in light of these revelations, i’m calling for a full investigation into general flynn and the trump administration’s interactions with russian intelligence services,” krishnamoorthi said in a statement. president donald trump had asked for flynn’s resignation after reports surfaced that the latter had not properly briefed vice president mike pence on his interaction with the russian ambassador before the swearing in ce






michael flynn’s truly horrible week in washington


the post's adam entous reports that national security adviser michael flynn's conversations with russia's ambassador to the u.s. during the transition of power included discussion of sanctions. (bastien inzaurralde/the washington post)the truth always comes out.we (re)learned that lesson for the billionth time last week when the washington post reported that national security adviser michael flynn had talked with russian ambassador sergey kislyak about economic sanctions that the then-obama administration had imposed on russia after its hacking of the 2016 u.s. election.that reporting, which emanated from nine intelligence sources, ran directly counter to flynn's assertion that sanctions had never come up during his various in-person, text and phone conversations with kislyak during the pr






petraeus no longer a candidate to replace flynn


retired general and former cia chief david petraeus is no longer a candidate to be president donald trump’s national security adviser, thwarted by differences over who controls staffing decisions within the white house’s national security council.petraeus did not make the cut of those invited to florida for an interview with the president this weekend, an administration official said.the retired four-star general, who resigned as head of the cia in 2012 after it was revealed he was having an affair with his biographer, had been on a short list for the job after trump’s first national security adviser michael flynn was fired.flynn stepped down after revelations that he had discussed u.s. sanctions on russia with the russian ambassador to the united states before trump took office and misled






a look back at michael flynn's anti-clinton rnc speech


lock him up. michael flynn's fiery speech at the republican national convention in july is drawing new attention following his resignation as president trump's national security advisor. flynn spent much of his speech attacking democratic candidate hillary clinton, highlighting her use of a private email server as secretary of state. "we do not need a reckless president who believes she is above the law," he said.michael flynn resigns as trump's national security adviser "lock her up," the audience chanted. flynn joined in.michael flynn speaks during the opening day of the republican national convention on july 18, 2016.(paul sancya/ap) "yes, that's right, lock her up!" he said. "i have called on hillary clinton to drop out of the race because she put our nation's security at extremely hi






donald trump suffers another blow, vice admiral robert harward turns down nsa jo


by: express web desk | updated: february 17, 2017 8:26 am vice admiral robert s harward (/us marines/handout via reuters/file photo)in another blow to newly instated us president donald trump and his administration, which is still struggling to find its feet, vice admiral robert harward has turned down the president’s job offer for the position of national security adviser. the admiral has cited personal and financial priorities as the reason for him not taking up the job. “it’s purely a personal issue,” harward said thursday evening. the us media, however, reports that harward wanted to bring in his own team, which is what led him to turn down the job. when asked about the same, the former vice admiral said, “i think that’s for the president to address.”“i’m in a unique position finally






after flynn’s resignation, trump says the ‘real story’ is ‘illegal leaks’


michael flynn, center, resigned as national security adviser on monday night. (jim lo scalzo/epa)president trump on tuesday blamed “illegal leaks” for the downfall of national security adviser michael flynn, who resigned late monday amid reports of potentially illegal interactions with the russian ambassador to the united states before trump was sworn in as president.in a tweet, trump expressed frustration with what he views as a culture of leaks in the nation’s capital. “the real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of washington?” he wrote. “will these leaks be happening as i deal on n. korea etc?”flynn had originally denied — including to vice president pence — having privately discussed u.s. sanctions against moscow with russian ambassador sergey kislyak during