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Trump Today: President says Flynn resigning not 'the real story'

Trump Today: President says Flynn resigning not 'the real story'”

The attack on the press channelled Mr Trump's campaign persona, which he has maintained since taking office.

Flynn initially denied he discussed sanctions on the call, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence publicly vouched for Flynn's integrity. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr., according to a statement from the White House.

Trump said he was disappointed that some of the leaks related to Clinton's campaign weren't front-page news. That same day Mr Flynn spoke on the phone to the Russian ambassador to Washington.

The U.S. Senate's top Democrat said Thursday that Congress and the Justice Department must conduct meticulous, thorough investigations of any links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's inner circle stretching from last year's campaign to the present.

U.S. President Donald Trump launched an aggressive defence of his first month on the job Thursday, denying that his White House is in turmoil, hitting back at revelations that his associates have been in contact with Russian intelligence agents and blaming a combination of high-level leaks and the media for painting a negative picture of his chaotic administration.

A second official said the justice department was concerned Mr Flynn could be in a compromised position as a result.

The President denied any wrongdoing regarding Russian Federation and said that the political press is trying to distract from what "classified information that was given illegally" to reporters.

The growing questions about Russia's relations with the Trump administration prompted US lawmakers, including some leading Republicans, to call for a deeper inquiry into not just Flynn's actions but broader White House ties to Russian Federation.

Gen Flynn resigned on Monday - less than a month into the job - after he allegedly discussed USA sanctions against Moscow with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a phone call late a year ago. A New York Times article published Tuesday cites unnamed USA intelligence officials saying Manafort and other Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officers in the lead-up to Election Day. Asked to confirm that "the sanctions that Flynn was discussing were the sanctions for the election hacking", Spicer replied, "Right".

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A report from The Washington Post on Monday night said Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Flynn had misled officials about his correspondence with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. "It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out", Flynn said.

Now the president faces questions about when he knew that Flynn had lied.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) echoed the president's concerns.

Trump said, who said the problem was Flynn's having misled Pence. "Did others at Trump transition team authorize conversations about sanctions?" asked Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the No. 2 House Democrat.

When exactly did Trump know? In typical Trump form, however, the president's face-off with reporters devolved into a freewheeling rant against the media, during which the former reality TV star decried coverage of his presidency as "fake news" and offered up a rambling defense of the actions of his administration to date.

Lawmakers involved said they want to move quickly, but thoroughly, on the Russian Federation investigation. Sen. "The spokesman said Flynn 'indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up'".

'She goes out and lies and you find out about those lies a couple hours later, ' Scarborough said.



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