The Department of Justice expressed concerns about Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn, and that he was possibly vulnerable to Russian blackmail attempts, according to the Washington Post.
The Post said former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and a senior career national security official delivered a message to White House counsel Donald McGahn expressing concern about Flynn’s discussions with Russia’s ambassador.
The communication from Yates was prompted by Flynn telling Vice President Mike Pence and others he did not converse about U.S. sanctions against Russia with Sergey Kislyak in December.
Currently Flynn still has his job, but that could change quickly.
Donald Trump is “evaluating the situation” surrounding National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, his top spokesman said Monday.
Sean Spicer said:
“The president is evaluating the situation. He is speaking to Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security.”
The comment came roughly an hour after Kellyanne Conway said Flynn has the “full confidence” of the president.
Minutes earlier, Trump declined to comment on Flynn to reporters. But he said his chief of staff Reince Priebus is doing “a great job.”
Flynn has been under fire after reports surfaced that he had spoken with the Russian ambassador about sanctions before Trump took office. He and other officials, including Mike Pence, had denied that such conversations had ever taken place. A spokesman for Flynn later told The Washington Post that “while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”