Donald Trump Attacks "Fake News" During Combative News Conference

Flynn's tenure as national security adviser lasted less than a month, making him one of the shortest-serving senior presidential advisers in modern history.

The president had been "reviewing and evaluating this issue on a daily basis", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a news conference. After the USA intelligence community said Russian hackers were behind cyber attacks against Democrats during the 2016 elections, Trump refused to publicly accept the assessment, going so far as to criticize US intelligence services. Mike Pence had openly defended Flynn, saying he believed the national security adviser when he denied discussing sanctions with the Kremlin's envoy in Washington.

Senators expressed interest in the release of the transcripts to THE WEEKLY STANDARD Wednesday, but made clear that a wealth of unanswered questions still surrounds the events that led to Flynn's resignation. After Sean Spicer's first media briefing on January 23, in which the press secretary was asked about Flynn's communications with Kislyak, Spicer insisted that sanctions were not discussed.

"That's it, pure and simple".

"It's obvious that Flynn was forced to write the letter of resignation under a certain amount of pressure", said Leonid Slutsky, the head of the lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, as reported by the government-run RIA news agency.

"The first part of [the review] was clearly to understand the legal aspect of this". The paper noted that she had "warned that [Flynn] was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail".

Texas Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranked Senate Republican leader, echoed calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate Intelligence Committee will likely look into the matter. Prior to this, Flynn contended that United States sanctions never came up during his conversations with Kislyak.

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The retired general acknowledged he had given Mike Pence, US vice-president, incomplete information about phone calls with the Russian ambassador to the US.

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

Pence, Jan. 15: I talked to General Flynn about that conversation and actually it was initiated when on Christmas Day he had sent a text to the Russian ambassador to express not only Christmas wishes but sympathy for the loss of life in the airplane crash that took place. US officials have launched an investigation to see whether Flynn received any payment from the Russian government in exchange for the appearance - a transaction that could have violated the Logan Act, which requires prior approval for such payments from Congress.

Michael Flynn has found himself embroiled in controversy after allegations that he spoke to Russia's ambassador to the us before Mr. Trump to office about possibly lifting American sanctions on Russian Federation.

Some Democrats have called for a deeper investigation into contacts that Flynn and other Trump aides reportedly had with Russian officials. I have no deals there.

"I'm not going to prejudge circumstances surrounding this".

"We in Congress need to know who authorised his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks", their statement said.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted Tuesday: "Your nightly reminder that at the center of this strengthening hurricane are the tax returns".

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