michael flynn

The embattled General resigns his post after only 24 official days on the job.

General Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, CNN initially reported before being confirmed by multiple news services. Flynn’s resignation only comes 24 days after Trump was sworn into office.

Flynn’s tenure as national security advisor came to an abrupt end after multiple reports surfaced regarding his ties to Russia. The Washington Post reported that the retired United States Army lieutenant potentially misled Trump administration officials about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States. The White House had been warned by former acting attorney general Sally Yates that Flynn may have been compromised and vulnerable to blackmail.

Back in January, Flynn’s rapport with Russia began receiving national attention. detailing that Flynn may have discussed the possibility of ending sanctions on Russia with the country’s ambassador before Trump assumed the Presidency. Per the Logan Act, a discussion of that nature would be deemed illegal. The Logan Act prohibits unauthorized citizens from negotiating U.S. affairs with foreign governments.

Initially, the Trump administration denied the claims. However, U.S. intelligence officials thought otherwise. Last Friday, current and former U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Flynn and Kislyak had discussed said sanctions. Earlier on Monday afternoon, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway spouted an alternative fact in stating the President had “full confidence” in Flynn.

Here’s a text of Flynn’s resignation, provided by Zeke Miller of TIME.

michael flynn resignation letter

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