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Flynn resigns as National Security Adviser

Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser under President Donald Trump, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and a number of other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

In his resignation letter, which can be read below, Flynn wrote that he had given “incomplete information” regarding a phone call he had with the ambassador in late December in which they discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia. The call took place weeks before President Trump’s inauguration.

Flynn, who served in his position for less than a month, had previously denied that he had significant conversation with the Russian ambassador, and Vice President Pence repeated the claim in a series of television interviews.

However, on Monday, it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had misled the administration about his conversations with the ambassador. The Justice Department reportedly added that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russian government.

In his resignation letter,  Flynn wrote that he had a number of calls with foreign officials during the transition. “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,” he wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology.”

“I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way,” Flynn wrote.

The White House said in the statement that it was replacing Flynn with retired Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. of the Army, a Vietnam War veteran, as acting national security adviser.



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