Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, an abrupt end to a brief tenure.
His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
"I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology," Flynn wrote, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN.
"I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way," he wrote. "I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in US history."
The move comes less than a month into the job, making him one of the shortest-serving senior presidential advisers in modern history.
This changes NOTHING.
As was pointed out on a variety of cable news shows it is HIGHLY unlikely that Flynn reached out to Russia to discuss sanctions without the knowledge and direction of Donald Trump.
For one thing Flynn simply could NOT make any assurances unless he had Trump's blessing to make the calls.
By having Flynn take the bullet here the Trump administration is hoping that all of this Russian talk will blow over and that Trump can start receiving intelligence briefings again like nothing ever happened.
But fuck that.
Trump is the guy the Russians worked to get into the White House, not Mike Flynn, so clearly he is the one that they are counting on to do their bidding.
The media needs to keep the heat on and the Democrats need to continue to push for those investigations into Trump's ties with Putin and to get his tax returns released.
Mike Flynn is a good start, but our country will not truly be safe until the entire Trump administration is fired, impeached, or thrown in jail.
Update: By the way the man who feels that continuing to go after Hillary Clinton is still reasonable, sees no reason to investigate Flynn.
I think Chaffetz needs a few more rousing choruses of "Do your job!"Chaffetz says investigation of Flynn is "taking care of itself." Says further investigation is purview of intel committee not oversight.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 14, 2017