U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns

His ties to Russia caused concern among other senior aides.

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:54 pm IST

Published - February 14, 2017 09:43 am IST - Washington

Michael Flynn's departure comes in less than a month since Donald Trump took over.

Michael Flynn's departure comes in less than a month since Donald Trump took over.

Michael Flynn, a former military general who helped to shape President Donald Trump’s foreign policy views, resigned as the National Security Adviser (NSA) on Monday. Mr. Flynn, in his resignation letter, admitted to giving incomplete information to the Vice-President on his phone calls with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. while he was the NSA-designate.

U.S. intelligence agencies wiretapped the incoming NSA’s conversations with the Ambassador, and the episodic media leaks of its content and follow-up actions claimed his scalp.

Hours before Mr. Flynn sent in his resignation letter, media reports emerged that the Justice Department had warned the White House that the NSA could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

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