Breaking: Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Advisor
Eric Lendrum, Politics Contributor
It has been reported that late in the evening of Monday, February 13, Michael T. Flynn has resigned from the position of National Security Advisor.
This is the latest development in a series of ongoing revelations surrounding Flynn’s correspondence with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The accusations are that Flynn discussed the Obama Administration’s sanctions against Russia - which was retaliation for Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election - with the ambassador; if proven true, would amount to a felony as a result of the Logan Act.
The Logan Act prevents any unauthorized civilians from negotiating with officials of a foreign government that is in conflict with the United States government. As Flynn spoke with Ambassador Kislyak on December 29 - the same day Obama announced the sanctions, and before the actual inauguration of President Trump and many of his executive branch nominees - Flynn was still technically a civilian at the time. Although the Trump Administration has repeatedly insisted that Flynn likely didn’t discuss the sanctions, the possibility was still strong that he did, in fact, do so. Thus, it appears that Flynn’s resignation is more of a sacrificial move to eliminate the controversy and ease the burden on the still-young Trump White House.
Flynn, a former lieutenant general of the United States Army, had been a long-standing ally of President Trump, dating back to the earlier days of the presidential campaign. A favorite of many Republican candidates for a potential national security position, Flynn was even reportedly considered for the position of Trump’s running mate in the general election. He spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, where he delivered a widely-praised address focusing on national security and the corruption of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. All of this was made even more noteworthy when considering the fact that Flynn is a lifelong Democrat, thus making him perhaps the most significant figurehead for the proverbial “Trump Democrats” that supported the Republican nominee in November.
However, all of this has come to a rather sudden and messy end for General Flynn, less than a month after taking office. This marks the biggest setback to the Trump Administration since the rogue judges’ rulings against the Middle Eastern travel ban, and only provides more fodder for the President’s opponents. Only time will tell whether or not Flynn’s successor will be able to redeem the office, and perhaps get the Trump White House back on track. Either way, regardless of whether or not Flynn is found guilty or not guilty, it is safe to say that his career is over.
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