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Flynn's access to classified info suspended after resignation

Melissa Porter | 17 February, 2017, 01:05

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDem senator: GOP wants to "bury" Flynn probe Congress should call for special counsel to investigate Flynn, White House Schumer tries to keep the peace as Sanders speaks out MORE (D-Ore.) says the GOP hopes "to bury" revelations about President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He resigned after serving President Donald Trump for 24 days amid controversy concerning his contacts with Russian officials.

Flynn did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment.

Flynn and the Russian appear to have discussed US sanctions on Russia late a year ago, raising questions about whether he was freelancing on foreign policy while President Barack Obama was still in office and whether he misled Trump administration officials about the calls.

During a Wednesday press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, Trump accused the media of mistreating Flynn.

Earlier, on Twitter, Trump said that "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy". Flynn has said he was pushed out for holding tougher views than Obama about Islamic extremism.

"This is a preliminary preemptive action they take when something has come to their attention that requires further examination", Zaid said.

Napolitano said that Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, would have known that his conversations with Russian Amb.

"Even in the face of strong warnings and evidence that he was vulnerable to being blackmailed, the White House appears to have considered General Flynn fit to continue serving as the National Security Advisor", the Democrats wrote.