Breaking News: Michael Flynn Resigns As National Security Adviser

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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn stepped down from his position in the midst of a raging controversy about his contacts with Russian officials.

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn became the first casualty of President Donald Trump's administration Monday night after resigning from his position amid the raging controversy about his contacts with Russian officials before the business mogul took office, the White House confirmed.

The announcement came shortly after press secretary Sean Spicer suggested the president was “evaluating” his options after learning that former director of the defense intelligence agency allegedly lied about his secret communications with Kremlin and misled Vice President Mike Pence — and potentially, the FBI.

Flynn was also the first White House aide to be investigated by U.S. counterintelligence.

"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," he said in his resignation letter, which has already been accepted by the commander-in-chief.

Flynn held the office for less than a month.

Retired General Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff at the National Security Council, will now serve as the acting national security adviser.

Meanwhile, former CIA Director retired General David Petraeus and former Deputy Commander Of U.S. Central Command Bob Harward are reportedly in the running to be Flynn’s successor. 

While the dramatic late-night resignation took many by surprise, some social media users had valid questions about the resignation and the events that led to it.

Apparently, the news took some members of Trump team by surprise as well. Shortly before the news broke out, White House aide Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC that Flynn “does enjoy the full confidence of the president.”

Flynn’s ties with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak had turned him into a liability for the Trump administration.

On Dec. 29, the day former President Barack Obama imposed new sanctions on Moscow for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, the former adviser reportedly called Kislyak and hinted that Trump might be willing to lift them.

The conversation, which Flynn vehemently denied at the time, violated the obscure Logan Act that prohibits people "outside the executive branch from making foreign policy on behalf of the U.S. administration."

It is also pertinent to mention that Flynn’s resignation is not the end of the scandal and certainly won’t protect him from potential future criminal prosecution. 

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