Flynn resigns amid Russia controversy

Russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of Flynn
Flynn resigns amid Russia controversy
Flynn in Philadelphia Sept. 7

Michael Flynn has resigned as national security adviser. Flynn says in his resignation letter that he gave “incomplete information” about discussions he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Flynn had said initially that there were no discussions of the sanctions slapped on Russia by the Obama administration for election hacking.

But in his resignation letter, Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition and gave “incomplete information” to the White House about those discussions.

The Justice Department warned the Trump administration weeks ago that Flynn could be placed in a compromised position because what he was saying publicly about the calls differed from what was actually discussed.

Meanwhile, Russian lawmakers are mounting a fierce defense of Flynn.

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, said in a post on Facebook that firing a national security adviser for his contacts with Russia is “not just paranoia but something even worse.”

Kosachev’s counterpart at the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, Alexei Pushkov, tweeted shortly after the announcement that “it was not Flynn who was targeted but relations with Russia.”

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