Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump, he indicated he and the president were still in communication.
“The war against him will go on until the last bullet”, Morozov said.
Flynn’s previous appearances on, and payments from, Russian state media – including an event in which he appeared sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin – were also seen as red flags.
At the time, Trump was still a candidate in the presidential race and Flynn was yet to become national security adviser, a position he only held briefly.
“The Vice President stands by his comments in March upon first hearing the news regarding General Flynn’s tied to Turkey and fully supports the President’s decision to ask for General Flynn’s investigation”, a spokesperson for the vice president said on Thursday.
Two days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Donald Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead. But Pence didn’t know, according to a senior administration official close to Pence.
Russian officials reportedly boasted previous year that they had Michael Flynn in their pocket, and could use him to influence Donald Trump.
Trump, who’s dismissed the controversy as “fake news”, said “a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity”. That relationship developed throughout 2016, months before Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December speaking with Russia’s ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.
At his first news conference since April 12, standing alongside visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump denied there had been any collusion between himself, his campaign and Russian agents of influence.
He said: “Of course not, I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these freaky rumours that have swirled around the candidacy”.
The new cover comes amid the escalating controversy over the Trump administration’s relationship with Russian Federation.
CNN also reported White House lawyers started preparing for possibility of Trump’s impeachment.
Then, a day after Trump ousted Flynn, associates of former FBI chief James Comey, whom Trump fired last week, say that the president urged Comey at a White House meeting to drop his investigation of Flynn and that Comey soon after made extensive notes about his conversation with Trump.
“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power”, Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state, said to Reuters. Running on a pledge to tear apart Washington, Trump still depends to some extent on Obama administration holdovers and career government employees, many of whom oppose him. Flynn was paid more than $500,000.