Paul Ryan: Flynn's conversations with Russian officials were 'entirely appropriate'

Andrew Cummings
February 19, 2017

Flynn was sacked by President Donald Trump earlier this week after it was revealed that he withheld information from Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US. National security demands no less.

While the inquiry remains in its early stages, it threatens to uncover material about the Trump campaign's contact with Russian Federation that could be damaging for the new President and his administration.

"The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people", Trump said in his opening remarks. The reality is that the resignation of the ephemeral Flynn is not enough to contain the scandal.

New Jersey's two Democratic U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, joined other Democrats this week in calling for an independent investigation of Flynn's Russian contacts. Yet the president did not publicly denounce Flynn and, it appears, did not include the vice president in the loop. He also told Vice President Pence that he did not discuss sanctions with Kislyak, a claim the vice president repeated on television. John McCain. He feels Flynn's resignation raised serious questions and at the same time concerns about nation's security as Trump searches for a replacement for Flynn.

Mr Trump, who was informed the same day, had concluded that his actions did not violate any law, according to Mr Spicer.

Media reports also revealed he gave inaccurate information to Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations.

"In the end, it was misleading the vice-president that made the situation unsustainable", White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway said on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump, former reality TV star, put on a show like no other on Thursday.

Reports of the President's ties to Russian Federation are nothing new - hell, Trump has even shown off the love letters Vladimir Putin has written him in the past.

Asked directly if he knew if his campaign was in touch with Russian officials during the election cycle, Trump said "nobody that I know of" and distanced himself from the issue.

"It's all fake news", Trump said, unleashing verbal assaults on the media.

Republicans in the Senate have said Flynn should testify before the Intelligence Committee, possibly in public.

President Trump accused much of the news media of being "out of control", saying at a White House press conference that "many reporters will not tell you the truth". He said then that Clinton "gave up 20 percent of America's uranium supply to Russian Federation". "It's nothing to do with us". Trump added, "Russia is fake news". It may also apply to Flynn's conversations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I don't think there's ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done", Trump said.

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