Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn quits
Feb.14, Washington: US President's national security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over his contacts with Russia, the White House has confirmed.
Flynn is alleged to have discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump took office. He is said to have misled officials about the conversation.
Earlier, US media reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House about the contacts late last month. They said that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy, and the calls happened late last year before Flynn was appointed to the administration, BBC news reported.
In his letter of resignation, Flynn said he had "inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador".
According to a House statement, Gen Joseph Keith Kellogg had been appointed as interim replacement.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, initially denied having discussed sanctions with the ambassador, and Vice-President Mike Pence publicly denied the allegations on his behalf.
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