President Trump hits out at 'illegal leaks' in Washington
Feb 15 2017 by Kelly Saunders
The first scandal has surfaced less than one month into the Trump administration, and it's significant enough that Republicans must overcome their natural inclination to give a president of their party the benefit of the doubt. Trump and his allies have pushed back, saying such allegations are unfounded.
The resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a decorated Army lieutenant general - after just 24 days in office should be setting off alarm bells. Lawmakers, however, had raised concerns that Flynn had violated the Logan Act by speaking about USA sanctions against Russian Federation with Russia's ambassador before Mr. Trump took office.
Mr Flynn resigned over allegations he discussed USA sanctions with a Russian envoy before Donald Trump took office.
The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. It was an issue of whether Flynn misled Pence and other officials about the nature of the call. It took him until now, though, to acknowledge that he'd been warned about Flynn's talks with Russian leaders, and that's mainly because of intelligence community leaks to reporters about the Flynn transcripts.
"The erosion of that trust, frankly, was the issue", Spicer said.
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"Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House counsel of the situation" in late January, Spicer said, "the White House counsel briefed the president and a small group of his senior advisers". But later he said it "cannot fundamentally influence Russia-U.S. ties". He said that the White House had been reviewing and evaluating this issue for the last few weeks and was trying to "ascertain the truth".
Gardner, too, has signed onto legislation that would impose new sanctions on Russian Federation in response to the cyberattacks it committed during the 2016 election, as well as its actions in Ukraine and Syria.
On Tuesday morning, Flores explained to National Public Radio he thought Flynn's actions were "inappropriate".
"When it comes to Russian Federation, we want to make sure it's clear that the administration lay out lines that we will not cross", said Gardner, citing Moscow's actions in Syria, Ukraine and global cyberattacks, "including the USA during the election". "And so you can't expect them to be able turn on a dime. That was what the president believed at the time from what he had been told and he was proved to be correct", Spicer told reporters.
But Republicans - from Texas and beyond - were largely quiet on the controversy.
"It's not for me to tell you what's in the president's mind", Mr Miller said.
Democratic anger with the administration is nothing new.