FBI Not Expected To Pursue Charges Against Michael Flynn

Mr. Trump never voiced public support for Mr. Flynn after that initial report but continued to keep his national security adviser close. FILE - In this January 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump accompanied by, from second from left, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and National Secur.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, watches during a meeting with parents and teachers, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.

"I think the situation has taken care of itself" in light of Flynn's resignation, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told reporters.

Majority members of the House Ways and Means Committee blocked minority Democrats' attempts Tuesday to obtain Trump's tax returns in an effort to determine whether he has significant financial ties, including debts, in Russian Federation.

Mr. Pence and others, apparently relying on information from Mr. Flynn, had said the national security adviser did not discuss US economic sanctions against Russia with the Russian envoy during the American presidential transition.

Trump has reportedly offered Vice Admiral Robert Harward the National Security Advisor job.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, both known as levelheaded technocrats, stand to fill some of the void. Current and former USA officials who spoke to the Times anonymously said they found no evidence that the Trump campaign was working with the Russians on hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

However, the second official said, Flynn's departure could also reinforce the power of presidential aides Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, whom he described as already having the president's ear.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mr. Trump made the right decision in asking Mr. Flynn to step down.

The president ignored shouted questions about whether his advisers were in touch with Russian officials.

The GOP's lack of enthusiasm about investigating the Trump White House comes as Capitol Hill Republicans struggle to come to terms with a new administration that has been engulfed in upheaval after upheaval.

Graham called for a broader bipartisan congressional investigation, to be conducted by a newly formed special committee rather than existing committees, if it turns out that Trump's presidential campaign communicated with the Russians. Had they only put country above party past year, they - and we - would not be facing this crisis. Chris Murphy said. "There's only one or two times like this in your political career where you face a moment like this where what's good for your country may not be good for your party". While he may not have incurred criminal liability by lying to the vice president, he's in trouble if he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - which is investigating the Russian entanglements of Flynn and others.

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In 2010, Flynn authored a controversial report that claimed the US intelligence community was not studying relevant information required to fight foreign enemies. Jason Chaffetz and Bob Goodlatte wrote. He later conceded that the topic may have come up.

In a pair of tweets Thursday, Trump says, "Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years". Spicer says the ambassador texted Flynn back, "wishing him a Merry Christmas as well".

On CNN, David Gergen, who has worked for four presidents, said, "It's unimaginable that the White House general counsel would sit on it (and) not tell anybody else in the White House". Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night. Flynn resigned a week ago after news reports documented his lies about interacting with Russia's ambassador to America before Trump took office.

Yet if there is a line too far, at which point Republicans will feel duty-bound to call for an independent investigation of their president or his administration, Trump hasn't crossed it yet. While Pence and other officials emphatically denied Flynn ever brought up the question of sanctions with Kislyak, investigators did not rule out Flynn was operating in concert with others in the administration.

US intelligence agencies previously concluded that Russian Federation hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the election campaign as part of efforts to tilt the vote in Trump's favor. Spicer later says the call was "centered on the logistics of setting up a call" between Trump and President Vladimir Putin.

Flynn was interviewed by the FBI around the same time, according to a USA official who was briefed on the investigation.

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