Michael Flynn resigns after lying about Russia contacts

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Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is forced to resign from the National Security Council after lying to Mike Pence and others about contact with Russian officials.

At issue was Flynn’s contact with Moscow’s ambassador to the United States. Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak appear to have discussed U.S. sanctions late last year, raising questions about whether he was freelancing on foreign policy while President Barack Obama was still in office and whether he misled Trump officials about the calls.

The center of a storm is a familiar place for Flynn. His military career ended when Obama dismissed him as defense intelligence chief. Flynn claimed he was pushed out for holding tougher views than the Obama administration about Islamic extremism. But a former senior U.S. official who worked with Flynn said the firing was for insubordination, after the Army lieutenant general failed to follow guidance from superiors.

Associated Press

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https://apnews.com/article/ce90066b4e20483da79adf21910da0c7

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/ezra-cohen-watnick/534615/

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