Recent reports show that Trump was informed that the Justice Department had concerns about Flynn’s conduct more than two weeks ago. Mike Pence wasn’t informed until February 9.
Michael Flynn resign from his post as national security adviser on Monday night, following a scandal that he came in contact with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. to talk about the sanctions Obama had placed on Russia.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said Flynn’s resignation was precipitated not by misconduct but by a gradual erosion of the President’s confidence in him, including over a “series of other questionable instances.”
“The level of trust between the President and Gen. Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change,” Spicer told reporters Tuesday during his daily briefing. “The President was very concerned that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others.”
Sens. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican, Roy Blunt and Lindsey Graham also called for an investigation.
“I think Congress needs to be informed of what actually Gen. Flynn said to the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions,” Graham told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour.”
“And I want to know, ‘Did General Flynn do this by himself or was he directed by somebody to do it?’ ” the South Carolina Republican added.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are demanding congressional probes/
“Let’s be clear — right now, there are way more questions than answers on President Trump’s relationship with Russia,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, told reporters.
Senator Mark Warner said, “The American people deserve to know at whose direction Gen. Flynn was acting when he made these calls, and why the White House waited until these reports were public to take action.”
But the President himself has tried to change the focus of the story. Saying that the real concern is where the news came from, rather than the news itself.
“The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?” Trump tweeted in his first public reaction to Flynn’s departure.