Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

TIME magazine's cover depicts Russian Federation overtaking the White House

TIME magazine's cover depicts Russian Federation overtaking the White House

Mike Flynn, Donald Trump's fired national security adviser, told the president-elect's transition team that he was the subject of a federal investigation, but was hired for the post anyway, the New York Times reported late Wednesday. The Russian officials believed that they could use Flynn to influence President Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.

"At this point, the Republican Congress is trying to find a way to get to the bottom of the allegations about the ties between members of the Trump Administration and Russia", Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua.

The Daily Beast has a freaky report that says two things. The publication said they spoke with current and former USA officials, who were unnamed.

In a March interview with Fox News, Pence said it was the first time he was hearing of Flynn's lobbying ties.

Citing a different source, the Daily Beast's report states Flynn would have preferred to have been nominated as Director of National Intelligence or Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Flynn had those talks with Russia's ambassador shortly before Trump took office, and made misleading statements to top administration officials when it came to the nature of those conversations. Flynn later became President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser, before being forced out after it was learned that he had met privately with a Russian diplomat and lied about it.

But the conversation between Moscow officials is believed to have taken place months beforehand, casting further doubt on the Trump aide's relationship with Russian Federation. A White House spokesman told CNN, "We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation".

"This matter is not going to distract the President or this administration from its work to bring back jobs and keep America safe". He was asked to resign on February 13 over reports that he had discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition.

Flynn's relationship with Russia developed over the course of the campaign, after he accepted $45,000 from the Kremlin-run Russia Today to attend a gala honoring the news network in December 2015. On May 9, he fired FBI Director James Comey for his alleged incompetence, but critics said that Trump was actually getting rid of him because he was investigating the president's ties to Russian Federation and wanted more money to do so.

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