Mike Flynn Resigns As National Security Advisor

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As many had expected, multiple sources have now confirmed that former General Mike Flynn has resigned from his role as President Trump's national security advisor. The White House has confirmed that Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. has been appointed Acting National Security Advisor.

President Donald J. Trump Names Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor, Accepts Resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn

 

President Donald J. Trump has named Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. (Ret) as Acting National Security Advisor following the resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret).

 

General Kellogg is a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1967 to 2003, including two tours during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with "V" device, and the Air Medal with "V" device.

 

 

He served as the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1997 to 1998. Prior to his retirement, General Kellogg was Director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The full text of General Flynn's resignation letter is below:

February 13, 2017

 

In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.

 

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. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.

 

Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.

 

I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.

 

I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America's leadership position in the world.

 

As I step away once again from serving my nation in this current capacity, I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.

 

I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.

 

Michael T. Flynn, LTG (Ret)
Assistant to the President / National Security Advisor

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As we detailed previously, after last night's news that Trump (and Steve Bannon) were actively deciding whether to fire National Security Advisor Mike Flynn over the recent scandal involving his [hone calls with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, discussing the Russian sanction something he denied publicly on several occasions, yet which now appears to have been the case, the ice below Flynn had got thinner this afternoon when the Trump administration for the second consecutive day sent conflicting signals in its support for Flynn amid uncertainty whether Flynn misled Mike Pence about his conversation with Russia’s U.S. ambassador. About an hour after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in a television interview that Flynn “does enjoy the full confidence of the president," press secretary Sean Spicer released a statement saying President Donald Trump is “evaluating” the situation involving his top security aide. Trump “is speaking to Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the vice president had with General Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is, our national security,” Spicer said in an e-mailed statement. One day earlier, Trump adviser Stephen Miller declined to defend Flynn or say whether his job was safe. Miller, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said Flynn had served the country admirably, but that “It’s not for me to tell you what’s in the president’s mind.”

Now, following the latest report in the WaPo, the young Trump administration may have no choice but to make Flynn the first casualty. According to the Bezos-owned publication, the acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, "and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail." The message was delivered by Sally Yates and was prompted by concerns that ­Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice ­President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election. It is unclear what the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, did with the information.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan also reportedly shared Yates’ concerns about Flynn. The pair believed “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position”, thinking that Pence had a right to know that he had been misled, and agreed with Yates’ decision to warn the White House. One official told the Post all three officials believed Pence had a right to know Flynn had possibly misled him about his talks with Kislyak. Furthermore, current and former officials told the Post they believed Flynn deceived the vice president, adding they could not rule out the possibility he acted with the knowledge of other transition officials.  Yates, who was then the deputy attorney general, considered Flynn’s comments during an intercepted phone call with Kislyak last December “highly significant” and “potentially illegal.” The WaPo adds that an official familiar with Yates’ thinking told the Post she suspected Flynn may have violated the Logan Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from interfering in diplomatic disputes with another nation. Trump fired Yates last month, after she refused to have the DOJ defend his temporary ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations in court. Making matters worse - for Trump - is that a senior Trump administration official said that the White House was aware of the matter, adding that “we’ve been working on this for weeks.”

The final nail in Flynn's coffin is that according to a report in the NYT, the Army has been investigating whether Mr. Flynn received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015, according to two defense officials. Such a payment might violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits former military officers from receiving money from a foreign government without consent from Congress. The defense officials said there was no record that Mr. Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, filed the required paperwork for the trip.

If confirmed, and if Flynn indeed lied, Trump will have no choice but to let him go.

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And indeed it appears it is confirmed, following his apology to Vice President Pence and other White House officials, CNN, Bloomberg, and NBC News confirm sources that Mike Flynn has officialy resigned...

And as AP reports, national security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after reports he misled Trump administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

Flynn's departure less than one month into the Trump administration marks an extraordinarily early shakeup in the president's senior team of advisers. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, but his ties to Russia caused concern among other senior aides.

 

Flynn initially told Trump advisers that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian envoy during the transition. Vice President Mike Pence, apparently relying on information from Flynn, publicly vouched for the national security adviser.

 

Flynn later told White House officials that he may have discussed sanctions with the ambassador.

Making him the first of Trump's appointees to be let go, just as the odds predicted...

 

Rather more notably, the dollar index tumbled on the news as perhaps the first cracks start to appear in the potemkin village of hope the markets have built around a Utrumpian future...

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TAALR Swift's picture

In like Flynn. Out like Flan.

Out for lying, and as a sacrifice move. 

If this is how Trump and Pence treat their key people for being "Careless and Reckless", then they are doomed. No one less perfect than they and are (sarc!), will do. 

beijing expat's picture

I don't think Trump took the decision lightly. He is loyal to his guys. Flynn did the right thing by falling on his sword.

Dormouse's picture

Reince needs to go. He's the source of all White House leaks. He's a weasel.

eatthebanksters's picture

It's too bad but it had to happen....he has no one to blame for it but himslef.  Still, I thought he was a great choice and am bummed that he had to go.

boattrash's picture

Look at the bright side. Accountability & integrity in an administration is a good thing (even if I've not seen it in 50 fucking years of living).

Case in point; Eric Holder = Fast and Furious. This motherfucker admitted to illegal gun-running that resulted in the death of a Govt Employed Border Patrol Agent, yet he retained his position as AG.

But it sucks, in that I believe he was set up by rogue leftovers of the Obama reign of terror (colluding with establishment RINOs)

boattrash's picture

...and then there's this article that seems to go with the last part of the above comment (but maybe ever higher up than RINOs/Old members).

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2017/02/13/the-cia-really-is-out-to-get-gen...

CuttingEdge's picture

Gutted for Gen. Flynn - he was one of the good guys who didn't buy into the anti-Russia sentiment bollocks.

Night of the Long #Pizzagate Knives already, DJT - drain that fucking swamp pronto, and give the pervert protectorate that is the MSM something serious in their own back yard to chew on.

And how about declaring the KKK a domestic terrorist organisation, then five seconds after, do the same with BLM (and into the bargain Soros' Open Society as sponsors of domestic terror). It's not as if there isn't a raft of evidence in the public domain to prove the latter.

07564111's picture

He's not got the balls to do what you've written just like he didn't have the balls to stand beside Flynn. Wait to see what happens when the real POTUS Mr Bibi arrives in town to #MIGA,,you lot are screwed. ;)

evoila's picture

you'll have to wait to see his permanent replacement to determine if this is a good or bad thing. perhaps the intelligence outfits who committed the internal coup were also behind this. 

FreezeThese's picture

Lmao the shit show continues

nmewn's picture

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8...

"If she is elected, we will immediately implement the following changes:  The Foundation will accept contributions only from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations, whose names we will continue to make public on a quarterly basis."

...because there was not even a whiff of impropriety and collusion at the Clinton Foundation.

None. 

Zero.

But if she is not elected, she and I will continue to trade money for favor on our last names. Because, there is not even a whiff of impropriety and collusion at the Clinton Foundation.

None.

Zero ;-)

Silky Johnson's picture

When you lie to future President Pence, it's your ASS!!!!!

Tarzan's picture

Trump fired Yates last month, after she refused to have the DOJ defend his temporary ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations in court.

 

Yates went to the MSM and forced this issue into the public, after she was firedAnother hold out of the old gaurd trying to slow the Trump train. 

Waiting on the Bankers to pull the plug, and blame trump for the aftermath of the shit storm they hope will cover their tracks. 

Tic Toc Tic Toc, when will the Algorithms unravel, what will they blame for the flash crash?

In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin.....

Whoa Dammit's picture

The Left has started a new era of McCarthyism aimed at the Trump administration and we should be very concerned.

Socratic Dog's picture

Offhand, I'd say it's time for the Trump administration to grow a pair.  This is clearly war, metaphoric at the moment, but could very easily become hot.  We need an administration that will not just take on these motherfuckers, but will trample them into the mud.  Anything less, and the fate of the USSA is sealed.

This is a General Franco moment.

From the pjmedia/spengler article referenced above and below:

"Flynn, he concludes, was just the appetizer: the knives are now out for President Trump. The fake news media is in a feeding frenzy, including this attack on Kellyanne Conway and this bill of indictment of the Trump Administration from the Washington Post. I don't have the facts and can't evaluate the White House decision to let Flynn go, but the practical result of the decision will be to escalate attacks on the White House, not reduce them. The Establishment is a wounded beast fighting for its life. This is a take-no-prisoners, no-quarter-asked-or-given war."

Socratic Dog's picture

Hate to reply to myself, but "Spengler" (David Goldman) is an American jew who has long called out the suicide of the West by immigration and below-replacement birth rates.  Has written a thoughtful, incisive column in the Asia Times for a decade or more.  He's the sort of non-Zionist jew we need on our side.

Pegasus Muse's picture

"perhaps the intelligence outfits who committed the internal coup were also behind this."

Good assumption: 

The CIA Really Is Out to Get General Flynn

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2017/02/13/the-cia-really-is-out-to-get-general-flynn/

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

admirable strategy you've outlined there

Victor von Doom's picture

The KKK is still considered a domestic terrorist organisation?

When was the last killing?

BLM I get - they burn everything in site that they don't loot.

Soros I get - that shitbag is responsible for a hell of a lot of misery on planet Earth.

The KKK though? Last I knew of them they get pissed a lot, dress up in white smocks and burn the occassional cross on their own properties. Weirdos perhaps, but terrorist?

CuttingEdge's picture

Your targeting of a "far right" enables you to target the extreme left at the same time - a simple balancing act to shut the fucking MSM and libtards up. Simples.

Added bonus is shutting up that turd Obumfuck after all his pre-election bullshit about Trump with respect to the KKK.

 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Agent provocateurs ARE terrorists.

wildbad's picture

yeah. too bad, he would have been great in that role but he is doing the right thing.

honor and accountability.

two things thoroughly missing from past administrations. this is honor in defeat.

i'm sure Trump took this hard.

new game's picture

national security=MIC. just a distraction, same shit different brownie dead...

JRev's picture

Jesus fucking Christ, people still think this is going to happen? Even Catherine Austin Fitts recently jumped on the "Trump to expose political pedophilia" bandwagon.

I'd love to see it. But how such a wide-spanning, leveraged enterprise as this could be touched, let alone taken down, without significant damage to the Administration itself is beyond me. Hell, our current Secretary of State is butt-buddies with CONFIRMED kid-diddler and international child rapist Dennis Hastert and nobody makes a peep.

The #Pizzagate squad are well-meaning but truly can't see the forest through the trees. 

FlowerofLife's picture

There isn’t anyone is Washington who isn’t tainted themselves or by association with other criminals. And, a few people will continue to be protected and end up walking. For war crimes, financial crimes, paedophilia, and a host of other crimes.

 

That said, pizzagate will be dealt with along with continued treason in the State Department and throughout government. The administration has been in office less than a month, you know, and a spy ring has already been uncovered that will eventually bring down Pence.

Not bad for three and a half weeks.

JRev's picture

I don't disagree with your sentiment in the slightest, mate, but Hastert ain't some low-level goon in the pedo leverage game. Check out FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds' work on Hastert - a merry band of "White Hats" has been trying to take the guy down for decades and the best they could do was a slap on the wrist. 

Nor is the Tillerson/Hastert connection a casual one - it was of note enough for David Rothkopf to devote an entire segment of Superclass to just the friendship of those two men. 

FlowerofLife's picture

Thanks for the reference to Superclass. I was able to get it used on Amazon for less than a buck.

None of these guys are innocents, that’s for sure. All or most of them are compromised in some way or another and, therefore, owned by somebody.

 

As I’ve said a number of times, a lot of people who shouldn’t, will walk.

Chris Dakota's picture

He's only first to go. One by one they will drop until the so-called president is told "you're fired." Up next, Miller & Bannon.

Hey Mike, remember Van Jones, Bill Richards and Turbo Tax Timmy (who should have gone?)

yeah right you fat fuck, anyone who speaks to Russia must go.

And anyone who brings up the fact that the deep state has controlled Washington because 30% of the politicians and media are freakin pedophiles.

That's why Flynn had to go~

 

Few understand the significance of tonight’s events, as they don’t understand the war being fought. The war isn’t Republicans v. Democrats, as they are two puppets of the same master. The war had always been against the media.

Trump’s election showed that a candidate could win even with “bad press.” Through the power of social media, you could bypass the media, negating its power.

Consider the source of the media’s power – it’s YOU.

The media’s power is socially constructed. They do not have guns. They do not power of the purse. Their power comes from you.

When the media writes something negative on a candidate, you choose to believe it. You choose to act on that information. You have the people they tell you to hate, buy the products they tell you to consume, and vote for the candidates they endorse.

If we collectively agreed that the words in WaPo were a lie, they would lose all power.

When Trump fires or forces someone to resign, he has given power to the media.

The fake news media had been going after Flynn for months, and for nonsense. In November they had a special on CNN about me simply because the General recommended Gorilla Mindset (which has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and has been read my countless veterans).

Flynn was always a target because only he, Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Stephen Miller are in touch with Trump’s base.

From the perspective of Dem activists, Flynn and Bannon are the 2 most dangerous WH advisers. Is Flynn first to go? https://t.co/oQnhpzKOYC

https://www.dangerandplay.com/2017/02/13/what-general-flynns-resignation...

Reince Preibus is the mole inside Trumps White House, he should have gone.

FlowerofLife's picture

Pence is the mole, not Reince.

Pence will be the first high-profile take-down. He made a pact with the devil thinking that Trump will be deposed, and he's going to lose. imo, of course.

musimann's picture

One coo coo zionist bird gone......

War Machine's picture

off topic but just thinking:

A match by Trump supporters on DC might be something we should consider talking about a bit.

We've grown used to Leftists marches and riots and the 'optics' on TV.

What if 3 million conservatives and libertarians and 'near left' reasonable liberals gathered in DC?

Not at all a magic fix: but certainly changes the media's comfort level with trying to overthrow Trump and, in essence, drive a knife in the heart of traditional, Constitutional America.

SoDamnMad's picture

Was it a setup by the Russians.  Include stuff in a telephne call that was originally intended to open  a line of communications but then had a subject thrown in which was difficult for Flynn to side-step.

Shake the American faith in a controversal power in control of the government.

Good old Moskirovka at it's best.

Dildocks's picture

Don't be coy, call those people by their proper name: democrats. Maybe you can get Cllinton to eulogize this non-breathing democrat klanner as he did when Sen. Byrd went room temperature.

Dilluminati's picture

I called a two-for where additionally a Gay porn star was arrested with Meth

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/02/10/oak-lawn-meth-raid-ends-...

sad day?  

TAALR Swift's picture

My facial recognition algos indicate a positive correlation between Priebus's face and a weasel. R^2=0.554

jomama's picture

Who the fuck are you and what the fuck do you know?

Nothing.

Dildocks's picture

The smell of your child-sized dick upon removal from your boyfriend's anus is far greater than the sum of your knowledge, genius.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

He knows you are a faggot cocksucker posing as a fucking asshole.

truthseeker47's picture

What's with that V sign on the way out?  That's what Nixon did!  Another bad move.

Nona Yobiznes's picture

What's wrong with him showing the 'peace' sign? I'm younger than most here, Nixon admin was way before my time.

Frito's picture

Better to err on the side of caution than to go the way of Hilliary "No Intent" Clinton

War Machine's picture

'potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail'

What that means is there is no evidence at all. Like there was no evidence that Russia's gov hacked the DNC.

The media surely senses blood in the water, and its amazing the rhetoric and hand wringing re Russia that this same media never bribgs up about Israel - which meddles more in our elections, which spies on us, etc, more than any other state.

What seems clear is that the corporate media, banks, MIC, Deep State, whatever the fuck absolutely will not stop until the borders are wide open and we are at war with Russia or, if the Kushner faction indeed wins, at war in Yemen then Iran.

I was not in the Marines but knew and know many.

my take: Mattis is a dangerous, reckless guy determined to pick a fight with Iran.

Agree or disagree as you will, gents, but open question: Would anyone benefit by collapsing the United States?

Because our borders are undefended, vaults empty, military over-extended as fuck, good generals purged, shitty overpriced fleecefuck tech, a Big Brother media, and myriad Leftist Victim Cults, gangs, etc advocating for violence and against free speech...

It looks very bad, from all angles.

I await Mouth of Sauron McCain's verbal vomit.

By the way: Who gives a fuck if Flynn discussed easing bullshit sanctions.

Flynn knows CIA is behind ISIS, as DIA does. That is subtext here, without any doubt at all.

Stay frosty, my friends.