President Trump spent a relatively quiet weekend on the links, playing golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a couple of his courses in Florida, during which time Mr. Trump said he got to know Abe well and they discussed a variety of topics.
Flynn, the White House and Vice President Mike Pence all publicly denied that Flynn discussed easing recent us sanctions against Russian Federation in those conversations, but Flynn has recently admitted that the subject may have come up before Trump's inauguration. He then went on to lambast a Wall Street Journal report published on Thursday, citing multiple current and former officials who said the intelligence community was withholding sensitive information from the Oval Office as "almost as disgraceful" as the "failing" New York Times.
Sometimes it's the subordinate who must say goodbye first.
Strangely, Flynn did not resign after that admission, but dragged the vice president into his predicament.
CNN morning anchor Chris Cuomo forecasted Democrats' strategy, observing that they will press for an investigation to determine whether Flynn's actions were driven by the Oval Office.
Schumer said he believed that Republican-led congressional committees would set party interests aside in probing the Trump White House, but that Democrats were prepared to take steps if Republicans did not.
"Either Trump hasn't found the necessary independence and he's been driven into a corner. or "Russophobia" has permeated the new administration from top to bottom", he said.
Texas Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranked Senate Republican leader, echoed calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. Of course, he was involved; I just said that he was aware of the situation right after the White House counsel informed him back in January. "And it was getting to be a distraction".
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) echoed the president's concerns. "Some of this is classified material that we shouldn't be talking about in the public domain".
As Trump left the room he did not respond to questions from reporters about whether anybody on his campaign had any contact with Russians before the elections.
"We're going to do everything we can to be open and transparent", Manchin said in an interview.
Napolitano said that Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, would have known that his conversations with Russian Amb. "He continues to raise the issue of Crimea, which the previous administration had allowed to be seized by Russia", Spicer said.
Trump said he was not in touch with anyone. "The idea that (Flynn) did this on his own without any direction is a good question to ask". By 11:00, Flynn had submitted his resignation.
The White House confirmed on February 14 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn about his conversations with Kislyak as part of its investigation into Russian influence in the US election and the Justice Department notified the White House about discrepancies between Flynn's public and private accounts of the conversations shortly after Trump took office.
Smith called for a "full investigation that covers any and all connections to these events that could undermine the national security of the United States".