Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has been on really thin ice lately after reports revealed that he talked to a Russian ambassador about Russian sanctions while Obama was still in the presidency.
At first he denied the accusations, saying that he never spoke about the sanctions to Russia. A spokesman for Flynn however, stated that although Flynn “had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
Flynn has said that he doesn’t plan on resigning and believes that he will not be fired from his post, according to reports by CNN.
During and interview with CBS anchor John Dickerson in January, Vice President Mike Pence also denied that Flynn talked to Russia about sanctions, promising the American people that it didn’t happen.
“General Flynn has been in touch with diplomatic leaders, security leaders in some 30 countries. That’s exactly what the incoming national security advisor should do,” he said.
“But what I can confirm, having spoken to him about it, is that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the United States took action to expel diplomats had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions.”
So far Flynn’s future is undecided, and as far as things go for him, he has no intention of resigning.
The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), said that Flynn should be fired.
“The allegation that General Flynn, while President Obama was still in office, secretly discussed with Russia’s ambassador ways to undermine the sanctions levied against Russia for its interference in the Presidential election on Donald Trump’s behalf, raises serious questions of legality and fitness for office,” Schiff said in a statement about the former Army lieutenant general. “If he did so, and then he and other administration officials misled the American people, his conduct would be all the more pernicious, and he should no longer serve in this administration or any other.”
While Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) asked for a suspension on Flynn until an investigation takes place.
“The @WhiteHouse should immediately SUSPEND National Security Advisor Flynn & REVOKE access to classified information until investigated,” he tweeted