Flynn resignation shows cause for concern in Trump White House

Flynn resignation shows cause for concern in Trump White House

Late Monday evening,  National Security Advisor and retired Lt. General Michael Flynn handed President Donald J. Trump his letter of resignation after the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed a series of concerning telephone conversations between Flynn and officials at the Kremlin in Moscow.  General Flynn, a staunch Trump supporter throughout his campaign and a loyal

Late Monday evening,  National Security Advisor and retired Lt. General Michael Flynn handed President Donald J. Trump his letter of resignation after the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed a series of concerning telephone conversations between Flynn and officials at the Kremlin in Moscow.  General Flynn, a staunch Trump supporter throughout his campaign and a loyal media surrogate, allegedly misled Vice President-elect Mike Pence regarding his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislak, conversations that included discussions regarding the recent sanctions President Obama imposed on Russia for supposed election tampering.  In his resignation letter, which the White House emailed to reporters, General Flynn said he had held numerous 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.”  

 

Flynn’s resignation, and Trump’s subsequent acceptance of it, comes as a major shock considering Flynn’s loyalty to Trump and the relative magnitude of his offense.  Essentially Trump had three options once briefed by the Department of Justice:

 

  1. Do nothing and continue business as usual, daring anyone to stop him.
  2. Choose to reprimand Flynn and continue with business as usual with a small slap on the wrist.
  3. Fire him or accept resignation.

Trump’s choice to accept his resignation raises more questions than answers and one has to wonder why having just a simple series of phone conversations is cause for resignation.  This only adds to the narrative of Trump’s involvement with Russia and the details of the story released thus far have to just be the tip of the iceberg.  

Bennett Widman
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