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Jonathan S. Tobin - National Review
That Trump, Flynn, and Kushner are guilty of serious crimes, but at the moment the public evidence for that assertion is virtually nonexistent.feedback
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May 28 2017
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Susan Collins

I'm very respectful of their privilege not to incriminate themselves, and so I think we have to proceed carefully.feedback

Dan Coats

As the president's principal intelligence adviser, I'm fortunate to be able and need to spend a significant amount of time with the president discussing national security interests and intelligence. As it relates to those interests, we discuss a number of topics on a very regular basis. I have always believed that given the nature of my position and the information which we share, it's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that. So on this topic, as well as other topics, I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president.feedback

Philip Bump

Documents are similarly a form of past behavior to which the Fifth Amendment doesn't apply. ... If the Senate Intel Committee were to hold him in contempt, the full Senate would be asked to weigh in on the matter and, if the Senate agreed to hold Flynn in contempt, the matter would be referred to the U.S. attorney's office in Washington for criminal charges. In other words, Flynn could end up being convicted of a crime for withholding the documents and face prison time – regardless of what the documents say.feedback

Elijah Cummings

Specifically, the Committee has obtained a Report of Investigation dated March 14, 2016, showing that General Flynn told security clearance investigators that he was paid by 'U.S. companies' when he traveled to Moscow in December 2015 to dine at a gala with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actual source of the funds for General Flynn's trip was not a U.S. company, but the Russian media propaganda arm, RT.feedback

Elijah Cummings

[T]he Oversight Committee has in our possession documents that appear to indicate that General Flynn lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal.feedback

Dianne Feinstein

We'll see what the future brings. This may portend that (Flynn) faces something serious.feedback

Chris Christie

If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn't let Gen Flynn into the White House, let alone give him a job.feedback

Chris Christie

I think it's safe to say that General Flynn and I didn't see eye-to-eye. I didn't think that he was someone who would bring benefit to the president or to the administration, and I made that very clear to candidate Trump, and I made it very clear to President-elect Trump. If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn't let General Flynn into the White House, let alone give him a job.feedback

Nina Ginsberg

The committee could decide to go ahead and not worry about Mueller.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If you are not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for? The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?feedback

Michael Flynn

I was asked by my speakers bureau, LAI. I do public speaking. It was in Russia. It was a paid speaking opportunity. I get paid so much. The speakers bureau got paid so much, based on our contract. Well, what's MSNBC? I mean, come on ... what's Al Jazeera? What's Sky News Arabia? I have been asked by multiple organizations to be a [paid] contributor but I don't want to be.feedback

Todd Bussert

Congressional action is analogous to what you see in a criminal context. What you often see is the U.S. attorney's office or law enforcement agencies working with the U.S. attorney's office coming in and gathering documents from a company or an individual. They may have valid Fifth Amendment claims – they couldn't be compelled to speak to agents or what have you – but they can't refuse to comply with the subpoena for documents. You have to produce those – even though those may be incriminating.feedback

Michael Flynn

Congressional interest in terms of pursuing contempt probably is influenced by the amount of public attention the matter is getting. If there's a lot of attention given to a particular matter, they don't necessarily want to send the message that they're willing to let somebody flaunt the subpoena.feedback

H.R. McMaster

The president wasn't even aware where this information came from. He wasn't briefed on the sources and methods. We don't say what's classified, what's not classified. I can say again that what was shared was wholly appropriate. The president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation.feedback

Michael Flynn

I just got a message from the president to stay strong.feedback

James Lankford

It is Mike Flynn's right to plead the 5th. We will get to the truth one way or another. We need facts, not speculation & anonymous sources.feedback

Donald J. Trump

So there are five people taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right? You see the mob takes the Fifth. If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?feedback

Mike Pence

They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia. I was disappointed to learn that … the facts that had been conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn were inaccurate. But we honor Gen. Flynn's long service to the United States of America, and I fully support the President's decision to ask for his resignation. He is not under investigation and there is no evidence of collusion. So that's not what this is about.feedback

Charles M. Blow - The New York Times

It doesn’t seem possible that Mike Pence knew nothing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

[Comey] was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off.feedback

Mike Pence

President Trump made the right decision at the right time – to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to ask for the termination; to support the termination of the director of the FBI was simply the right decision.feedback

Mike Pence

Yet Pence was the head of the transition team that recommended Flynn for National Security Adviser and news reports in November 2016 had disclosed Flynn's lobbying for Turkey.feedback

Elijah Cummings

Recent news reports have revealed that Lt. Gen. Flynn was receiving classified briefings during the presidential campaign while his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., was being paid to lobby the U.S. Government on behalf of a foreign government's interests. … Lt. Gen. Flynn's General Counsel and Principal, Robert Kelley, confirmed that they were hired by a foreign company to lobby for Turkish interests.feedback

Stephanie Schriock

Pence was the head of the transition team that tapped Mr Flynn for national security adviser. That is not good.feedback

Vaughn Hillyard - National Broadcasting Company

Vice President Mike Pence has been kept in the dark about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's alleged wrongdoing, according to a source close to the administration, who cited a potential 'pattern' of not informing the vice president and calling it 'malpractice or intentional, and either are unacceptable.feedback

Philip Shenon - The New York Times

The first question they're all going to be asking themselves at the White House today is, Do I need to lawyer up? If you were in a room with Mike Flynn or Paul Manafort during the course of the campaign and the question of Russia ever came up, you can expect to be subpoenaed for your records of those meetings. You can expect to give testimony. That's part of the irony of what's happening: Trump fired Comey, and now he's got one of Comey's best friends leading the investigation.feedback

John Yoo

President Trump should emulate Reagan. He should fire his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and all the others who brought the chaos of the presidential campaign into the White House. He can replace them with more experienced government hands, much as he replaced Mr Flynn with HR McMaster.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies are mounting in this land. The stated explanations for these explanations White House have been porous shifting and all too often contradictory. The country is being tested in unprecedented ways.feedback

Donald J. Trump

But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision. Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such terrible things about Director Comey. I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. We want to bring this great country of ours together. We have to get back to running this country really, really well. I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.feedback

Richard Burr

General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena. Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate.feedback

Mike Cernovich

The only thing I would say is that my work stands on its own.feedback

Roger Stone

I think he likes Flynn and he thinks he did him a disservice. On the other hand we don't know what Flynn has done, if anything, in addition to the things we know. You have to admit that taking half a million dollars from the Turks or meeting with the Russian ambassador does not sound very savvy.feedback

Mike Cernovich

Flynn still is beloved. Beloved by the base. The base wasn't happy when he was fired. Flynn was at all the Trump rallies. Jared wasn't; Ivanka wasn't. Most of my sources, I don't know their names and I don't want to know their names.feedback

Michael Ledeen

The current thing has to end first I think. All this nonsense about he's a Russian agent–that's nonsense. People just made it up.feedback

Robert Kelner

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.feedback

Richard Burr

Gen. Flynn's lawyers said he would not honor the subpoena, and that's not a surprise to the committee, but we'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is. We're continuing on with a lot of interviews and through those interviews it leads us to additional document requests and additional individuals we'd like to talk to.feedback

Josh Barro

And if Comey had resigned, [...] then Trump would have been able to replace him with a loyal supporter who could have sought to kill the Flynn investigation more quietly.feedback

Sally Yates

When I told him General Flynn had been interviewed [by the FBI] it was clear to me that this was not something he already knew about.feedback

Sally Yates

There was nothing casual. I called [White House councel] Don McGahn and told him I had a very sensitive matter that I needed to discuss with him that day and it needed to be in person. And Mr. McGahn got it. He knew that this was serious and that it was important. But to have done anything else I felt like would have been an abdication of my responsibility. So I wasn't looking to be fired. But given the situation that I was in, I couldn't have done anything else and lived with myself.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If Mr. Comey was alleging the president did something inappropriate, it's an open invitation to come to the Judiciary Committee and tell us about it. I don't want to read a memo. I want to hear it from him.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn. [The House Oversight Committee] is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.feedback

John Cornyn

I don't know the facts, so I really want to wait until I find out what the facts are before commenting. You know, that's a very serious charge. I wouldn't want to answer a hypothetical question.feedback

Angus King

But, if indeed the president tried to tell the director of the FBI, who worked for him, that he should drop an investigation–whether it was Michael Flynn or some investigation that had nothing to do with Russia or politics or the election–that's a very serious matter. If the White House has been saying all day that this never happened, then I think they should come forth with whatever evidence that they have, whether it's tapes or notes made by someone at the White House, to contradict this.feedback

Robert Kelner

The engagement could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The latest revelations that Trump tried to shut down the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn could be the ‘smoking gun’ that spells the end for the president. First there were the uncomfortable similarities. Then there were some striking echoes. Now, with the revelation that Donald Trump asked the director of the FBI to shut down an investigation into his former national security adviser, the parallels with Watergate are becoming uncanny – and full of foreboding for the beleaguered president.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

There remains a concern however that the what is going on in Washington will prove too much of a distraction to the US administration as yet another story breaks about presidential interference, this time in the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn, the US Presidents former National Security Advisor. As a result we could well see little in the way of anything tangible in the way of reform, tax cuts or infrastructure projects away from all the firefighting by White House officials.feedback

Dick Durbin

Evidence that President Trump asked FBI Director Comey to stop the investigation of his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, again appears to cross the line into the obstruction of justice. When will a Republican senator step out of the shadows and join us in calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to bring clear-eyed, non-partisan justice to this tangled web of deception?feedback

Lindsey Graham

Let's get to the bottom of what happened with the director. And the best way to get to the bottom of it, is for him to testify. ... I'm not going to take a memo, I want the guy to come in. If he felt confident enough to write it down, he should come in and tell us about it.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

If the memo exists, I need to see it and I need to see it right away. We are drafting the necessary paperwork to get the memo so we will find out in a hurry if it's out there.feedback

Dick Durbin

This stunning, breathtaking revelation that the president is accused of reaching out directly to the head of the FBI to stop an investigation on General Flynn under these circumstances raises serious questions of obstruction of justice.feedback

Richard Burr

As close as (Sen.) Mark Warner and I have worked with the director over the past many months now, I actually believed the director might have told us if there had been a request like that (from Trump). And it was never mentioned by him. I'm getting really, really tired of anonymous sources.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

If these reports are true, the president's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy. At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power. At worst, he has obstructed justice. If the president has nothing to hide, then he should welcome independent investigations to remove all doubt of a cover-up. The American people deserve to know what President Trump is so desperate to keep hidden.feedback

Dana Milbank

Trump’s national security adviser presents a frighteningly expansive view of executive authority.feedback

James Comey - FBI

I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go. It's very unfair what happened to Gen. Flynn and the documents and papers that were illegally leaked. It's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. It's a criminal act and it's been going on for a long time.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I was in the room, the Secretary of State was in the room, as you know, the deputy adviser for national security, Dina Powell, and none of us felt in any way that conversation was inappropriate. It was nothing that you would not know from open source reporting.feedback

Sally Yates

There is certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by his conduct. We certainly felt like they needed to act.feedback

Frank LoBiondo

If these reports are true, the president's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy. At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power. At worst, he has obstructed justice.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I was gonna fire [Comey] regardless of [DOJ's] recommendation.feedback

Sally Yates

I don't have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did. If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning.feedback

Andy Wigmore

We had a guy called Matthew Richardson who'd known Nigel for a long time and he's always looked after the Mercers. The Mercers had said that here's this company that we think might be useful. The best dinner we ever went to. Around that table were all the rejects of the political world. And the rejects of the political world are now effectively in the White House. It's extraordinary. Jeff Sessions. [Former national security adviser Michael] Flynn, the whole lot of them. They were all there.feedback

Sally Yates

Logic would tell you that you don't want the Russians to have leverage over the national security adviser.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Firing Flynn did not sound like an emergency. My White House counsel, Don McGahn, came back to me and did not sound like an emergency. He's a showboat, he's a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that. He wanted to stay on at the FBI, and I said I'll, you know, consider and see what happens But we had a very nice dinner, and at that time he told me, You are not under investigation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This man (Flynn) has served for many years, he's a general, he's a – in my opinion – a very good person. I believe that it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don't even know and immediately run out and fire a general.feedback

Donald J. Trump

(White House counsel Don) McGahn came back to me and did not sound like an emergency. Obama perhaps knew because [Flynn] had clearance from the Obama administration. And his clear – and this is something they never want to report – he had clearance from the Obama administration. The highest clearance you can have. [T]here is no Obamacare, it's dead. Plus we're subsidizing it and we don't have to subsidize it. You know if I ever stop wanting to pay the subsidies, which I will. Anytime I want.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This man has served for many years, he's a general, he's in my opinion a very good person. I believe that it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don't even know and immediately run out and fire a general. It would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don't even know [Yates] and immediately run out and fire a general. Uh, my White House counsel came to me. They had, I believe, two meetings. And we ultimately fired for a different reason.feedback

Miranda Kerr

It's very weird, but we really care for each other and we have a great relationship, so I feel very lucky.feedback

David Ignatius

President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James B. Comey will intensify focus on the issue Trump has been so eager to dismiss — his knowledge of contacts between Michael Flynn and other associates and Russia.feedback

Richard Blumenthal

What we have now is really a looming constitutional crisis that is deadly serious, because there is an investigation ongoing and, CNN reported, subpoenas issued from the Eastern District of Virginia in to Flynn associates. And ultimately there may be subpoenas to the President of the United States just as occurred in 1973 precipitating United States versus Nixon and a similar firing of a special prosecutor. So what's needed now is, in fact, an independent counsel and special prosecutor.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think Mike Flynn is somebody who honorably served our country in uniform for over 30 years. As he's noted, Lieutenant General Flynn was asked for his resignation because he misled the vice president. But beyond that, I think he did have an honorable career, he served with distinction in uniform for over 30 years, and the president does not want to smear a good man.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!feedback

Sally Yates

And then, importantly, that every time this lie was repeated and the misrepresentations were getting more and more specific as they were coming out. Every time that happened, it increased the compromise and to state the obvious, you don't want your national security advisor compromised with the Russians. I remember specifically saying, you know it wouldn't really be fair of us to tell you this and then expect you to sit on your hands.feedback

Sally Yates

One of the questions that Mr. McGahn asked me when I went back over the second day was, essentially, Why does it matter to DOJ if one White House official lies to another White House official? And so we explained to him, it was a whole lot more than that, and went back over the same concerns that we had raised with them the prior day, that the concern first about the underlying conduct itself, that he had lied to the vice president and others, the American public had been misled.feedback

Sean Spicer

During the transition, I asked Gen. Flynn that – whether or not there were any other conversations beyond the ambassador and he said no.feedback

Sally Yates

Mr. McGahn asked me how he did, and I declined to give him an answer to that. We told him we felt like the vice president and others were entitled to know that the information that they were conveying to the American people wasn't true. And we wanted to make it really clear right out of the gate that we were not accusing Vice President Pence of knowingly providing false information to the American people.feedback

Sally Yates

Finally, we told them that we were giving them all of this information so that they could take action, the action that they deemed appropriate. I remember that Mr. McGahn asked me whether or not Gen. Flynn should be fired, and I told him that that really wasn't our call, that was up to them, but that we were giving them this information so that they could take action.feedback

Mike Pence

I talked to Gen. Flynn about that conversation. [It] was initiated on Christmas Day; he had sent a text to the Russian ambassador to express not only Christmas wishes but sympathy for the loss of life in the airplane crash that took place. It was strictly coincidental that they had a conversation. They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's not question of defending Mike flynn or not. I think Mike Flynn is somebody who honorably served our country in uniform for over 30 years. And I think as he's noted, Lt. General Flynn was asked for his resignation because he misled the Vice President. But beyond that I think he did have an honorable career, he served with distinction in uniform for over 30 years, and the president does not want to smear a good man.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to (White House) Counsel.feedback

Sally Yates

We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the public and because we believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians. To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.feedback

James Clapper

Russia's activities to influence the election counted as a high watermark in their efforts. They must have been congratulating themselves at having exceeded their wildest expectations, with minimum of expenditure.feedback

Sally Yates

We were really concerned about the compromise here. I don't know what steps they may have taken to act. It was a topic of a whole lot of discussion in the department of justice and with other members of the intelligence community. We had really the experts within the national security division. We were trying to make a determination about how best to deal with this. Our point was that logic would tell you that you don't want the NSA to be in a position where the Russians might have leverage over you.feedback

Sally Yates

We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done, and also that we weren't the only ones that knew all of this. The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and they Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled Vice President Pence and others. This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they also likely had proof. This created a compromise situation … where the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians.feedback

Sean Spicer

The process is every government employee who is eligible for a clearance goes through the same process. So it's not–we don't have a unique process.feedback

Sean Spicer

Sure it does. Why would you re-run a background check on someone who was the head of the department–the Defense Intelligence Agency–that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance? That's it.feedback

Roy Blunt

There's no question there was Russian interference in our elections just like we're seeing now in France and seen in Germany. In fact in Europe we've seen for well over a decade the Russians trying to interfere. So we need to look at that, that's one issue, we need to look at that in a way that better prepares us for 2018 and 2020.feedback

Dianne Feinstein

I don't want to, in any way, say that I know what she's going to say because I don't. But there are so many questions here as to who knew what when, what was done with this.feedback

Roy Blunt

I don't know what the president's view of this would be, because I haven't talked to him about it. We're going to determine whether there was any or not, and where those facts lead us. I'm not sure that there's any reason for the president to believe that there was collusion between his campaign. I think the president has to understand at this point that the Russians were doing things to both increase their influence.feedback

James R. Clapper Jr.

There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.feedback

Sally Yates

To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians. I'm not, but I'm also not aware of a situation where the Office of Legal Counsel was advised not to tell the attorney general about it until after it was over.feedback

James R. Clapper Jr.

This is a classic technique they would use going back to the Soviet era. The specifics are quite sensitive.feedback

Sean Spicer

If President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn't they suspend his security clearance, which they approved just months earlier?feedback

Donald J. Trump

General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration, but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that. Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. (counsel).feedback

Sean Spicer

It's true that President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen Flynn's. The tweet speaks for itself. If President Obama was truly concerned about Flynn, why didn't he pull his security clearance?feedback

Sally Yates

I want to note that I intend my answers today to be as fulsome and comprehensive as possible while respecting my legal and ethical boundaries. As the subcommittee understands, many of the topics of interest today concern classified information that I cannot address in this public setting, either directly or indirectly. My duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did when I led the department.feedback

Sean Spicer

So just to be clear, the acting attorney general informed the White House counsel that they wanted to give a 'heads up' to us on some comments that may have seemed in conflict with what he had sent the Vice President out in particular. The issue, pure and simple, came down to a matter of trust.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know. I mean, we'll see. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie. But we have a situation that we just cannot let – we cannot let what's been going on for a long period of years continue. The concept of Russia with respect to us is total phoney story. When General Flynn came to us, as you now know, he already had the highest clearance you can have. I think the same clearance as the President of the United States would have. He had this really high clearance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I didn't realize this, when he went to Russia, it was 2015 and he was on the Obama clearance. When General Flynn came to us, as you now know, he already had the highest clearance you can have. I think the same clearance as the president of the United States would have. He had this really high clearance. And, by the way, they're so devastated because this only came up two days ago.feedback

Elijah Cummings

The White House had its own responsibility to fully vet General Flynn since new information became public during the transition - well after General Flynn's last background check - about his lobbying on behalf of foreign interests.feedback

Michael McFaul

Of course, it is not coincidence that General Flynn was placed next to President Putin. Flynn was considered a close Trump advisor. … Why else would they want him there?feedback

P.S. Ruckman

The conventional wisdom or the Supreme Court jargon to-date suggests that a president can pardon someone before, during or after conviction. Is it possible Trump could pardon for crimes he may have committed in some period of time? Absolutely, yes.feedback

P.S. Ruckman

You can't toss aside the fact that he is so unpredictable and willing to do things that are outside the norm, and for whatever reason. You get the feeling that he's a person who would act outside the norms without feeling the necessity to have an elaborate spelled out explanation. He's more the Andrew Jackson, I'll-just-do-it-because-I-want-to.feedback

P.S. Ruckman

But it's kind of like finding a dollar on the sidewalk: You don't call The Post to report that.feedback

Elijah Cummings

The Pentagon's warning to Gen Flynn was bold, italicized and could not have been clearer. These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon. There's obviously a paper trail.feedback

Seth Meyers

President Trump unveiled his new tax plan today, and it's pretty much the same as his old plan. He's not going to pay them.feedback

Elijah Cummings

I do not understand why the White House is covering for Michael Flynnafter the president fired him for lying. There is a paper trail that the White House does not want our committee to follow.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law. It does not appear to us that [permission] was ever sought. As a former military officer you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else, and it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate and there are repercussions for the violation of law.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

If that money was received by General Flynn, and we believe that it was, that money needs to be recovered. That final determination again will have to come from the Department of the Army, as well as the Department of Defense, but as a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey, or anybody else. And it appears as if he did take that money, it was inappropriate, and there are repercussions for the violation of law. Personally I see no information or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

General Flynn had a duty and an obligation to seek and obtain permission to receive money from foreign governments. It does not appear to us that that was ever sought, nor did he ever get that permission. If that money was received by General Flynn, and we believe that it was, that money needs to be recovered.feedback

Elijah Cummings

We cannot discuss the contents of the documents that we just saw because they are classified, but we can say this: They are extremely troubling, we have concerns and I believe these documents should be declassified to the fullest extent possible without compromising sources and methods. The American people should be able to see these documents for themselves. In short, the White House has refused to provide this committee with a single piece of paper in response to our bipartisan request and that's simply unacceptable.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey, or anybody else, and it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate. And there are repercussions for the violation of law. I see no information or no data to support the notion that general Flynn complied with the law. He was supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the Army prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment but to engage in that activity. I see no evidence that he actually did that.feedback

Michael Flynn

I was one of the guests there. ... Some interesting characters. I found it a great learning opportunity. One of the things I learned was that Putin has no respect for the United States leadership. Not for the United States, but the leadership.feedback

Jill Stein

And my own connection to RT, you know ironically, it takes a Russian television station to actually be open to independent candidates in this country and that is a shame. A shameful commentary on our own media.feedback

Michael McFaul

It is not coincidence that Flynn was placed next to President Putin. Flynn was considered a close Trump adviser. Why else would they want him there?feedback

K.T. McFarland

First of all, President Trump hired me, and he gave me a call on Thanksgiving Day to ask me to be the deputy national security adviser. The president and I have had a number of conversations over the last two months, really, about what my role would continue to be and where I could be best used for what his vision is of foreign policy. So I can tell you we talked about it again last night and there are changes coming, but I'm not going to tell you what they are. You've gotten enough secrets out of me this day.feedback

Steve Bannon

Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on the NSC with General [Mike] Flynn to ensure that it was de-operationalized.feedback

Sarah Posner

On Wednesday, Stephen K. Bannon was removed from his post on the National Security Council by H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, with the approval of President Trump himself. This is being interpreted in some quarters as if Trump is suddenly listening to the NSC’s voices of reason and experience. Meanwhile, the White House is claiming it represents the natural evolution of the NSC under the young administration.feedback

Eli Lake - Bloomberg

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to US officials familiar with the matter.feedback

Ken Dilanian - National Broadcasting Company

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday flatly denied that she sought to improperly 'unmask' Trump campaign officials whose conversations were caught on surveillance by U.S. intelligence services. The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,' Rice said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell. 'That's absolutely false.' Rice added that it's not unusual to request the identities of people caught on intelligence surveillance.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The Russia scandal won’t vanish anytime soon. “What was young [Ezra] Cohen-Watnick, a 30-year-old favorite of [Michael] Flynn, Steve Bannon, and Jared Kushner whom National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster tried and failed to fire, doing ransacking this supersensitive database? Gellman speculates that he was trying not only to buttress Trump’s smears against Obama but also to monitor the status of the FBI investigation into Kremlin-gate. If so, was he acting on his own initiative, or did someone higher up, e.g., Bannon or Kushner, authorize an attempt to use top-secret intelligence for political purposes?”.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. Spied on before nomination. The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Michael Flynn, Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media.feedback

Josh Rogin

The NSC staff is taking on more experts and fewer military intelligence officers. But will it yield real influence?feedback

Nada Bakos

In a situation where there's incidental collection and it appears that they're discussing U.S. incoming or current officials, it would not be unusual for a national security adviser to try to understand what it is this foreign government is trying to do to manipulate their position against the U.S. That's how the game is played.feedback

Ely Ratner

Ely Ratner is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow in China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as deputy national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.feedback

Robert Kelner

Because he resigned, that usual consultation process was suspended. When the White House contacted him this week, and asked him to complete the process, he did so.feedback

Jonathan Capehart

My friend Cheryl Pelicano is a blue sparkler in the circus of red that is South Carolina. And like all Democrats, she is aghast at everything related to President Trump. But all this Russia stuff, especially the latest involving Michael Flynn and his request for immunity, compelled Pelicano to ask me a series of “how can we get rid of this guy?” questions. So, I asked Laurence Tribe, legendary constitutional law professor at Harvard University, for the answers.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If I have to, I will vote to change the rules because I am not going to allow President Trump to be denied the same opportunity that every president has had for 200 years because you're mad, and you can't accept the outcome of an election.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

At a Friday signing ceremony for two executive orders, President Trump apparently was so flustered by a reporter’s question about former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn’s bizarre public plea for immunity being turned down by the Senate Intelligence Committee, he left the room without signing the orders.feedback

Lindsey Graham

You know, Flynn said himself, If you want immunity, you must, you know, be guilty.feedback

Lindsey Graham

We're going to talk about the Flynn deal. It's getting weirder by the day, isn't it? Yeah. Let's see what kind of business dealings he had. So, when issues arise, about people around the campaign or in the Trump administration have deals that don't sound right or look right, we'll look at it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits…. Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion! If @RepMarkMeadows, @JimJordan and @RaulLabrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

We don't want people to take an immunity bath at the Congress so that the Justice Department cannot make the case they may want to make against him. I really don't want to think that it's about Flynn to get the president. This is about Flynn and Flynn.feedback

Donald J. Trump

General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he has been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right? Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!feedback

Robert Kelner

Notwithstanding [Flynn's] life of national service, the media are awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him. He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. Donald Trump is not a Republican. Not a conservative. And he should be condemned for his un-American comments categorically by the GOP. Spy novel script: Russia hacks #DNC for @realDonaldTrump oppo. Trump says nice things about #Putin. Hmmm.feedback

Sean Spicer

We've actually encouraged people to go talk to the House and Senate intelligence committees and the appropriate investigators so that they can continue to get to the bottom of this.feedback

James Comey - FBI

When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Mike Flynn should ask for immunity. If you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?feedback

Donald J. Trump

Have you ever seen anything so corrupt in your life? Have you ever seen a greater embarrassment to our country? If you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?feedback

Donald J. Trump

Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion! I mean, five people around her have had, have been given immunity, to include her former Chief of Staff. When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime.feedback

Jack Langer

HPSCI had a preliminary conversation with Michael Flynn's lawyer about arranging for Flynn to speak to the Committee. The discussions did not include immunity or other possible conditions for his appearance.feedback

Todd Bussert

What a congressional committee might feel could be completely different.feedback

Todd Bussert

You would have a difficult time seeing a scenario whereby they would be willing to look the other way if they think he engaged in criminal misconduct. They might say, Come in and help yourself. Come in to a cooperation agreement and we'll help you at sentencing – but we're not going to simply let you walk away from this.feedback

Todd Bussert

It's not unusual for anybody who's the subject of a federal investigation to want immunity before speaking to federal authorities. Even if they've done nothing wrong, there's this fear that something they say could be used against them. Strategically, it makes sense.feedback

Lawrence Walsh

Everyone familiar with these proceedings has recognized the difficulties presented by the grant of immunity by Congress.feedback

Peter King - Homeland Security

There were telephone conversations apparently between foreigners, the surveillance of those conversations was very legitimate.feedback

Angus King

If this turns out to be the case, that is a significant development, I believe, because it indicates that he has something to say.feedback

Jack Langer

No, Michael Flynn has not offered to testify to HPSCI in exchange for immunity.feedback

Robert Kelner

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime.feedback

Michael Flynn

The very last thing that [Democratic campaign manager] John Podesta just said is, No individual too big to jail. That should include people like Hillary Clinton. I mean, five people around her have been given immunity, to include her former chief of staff. When you are given immunity that means that you've probably committed a crime. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicised, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.feedback

Jeremy Bash

And for the Justice Department to agree to give somebody like him immunity it means they want him to turn and testify against someone higher up in the food chain. Who is higher up in the food chain, higher than the national security adviser? There's really only one person. And so this shows that the jeopardy of criminal liability actually extends all the way to the top. Immunity from what? What is he in jeopardy of being prosecuted for?feedback

Robert Kelner

Gen. Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. We will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for Gen. Flynn and the House and Senate intelligence committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.feedback

Robert Kelner

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.feedback

Price Floyd

This is a false story. The inference that the contact between Gen Flynn and a Russian [dual] national described in this story should be seen in any light other than incidental contact is simply untrue.feedback

Simon Jenkins

The former national security adviser is seeking immunity from prosecution in return for coming clean about the president’s links with Putin. From Russia to Donald with love is a story that just keeps giving. The latest explosive revelation is that sacked security chief Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from prosecution to come clean on Trump’s links with Moscow. It has Democrats on the congressional committee salivating with glee. It was Flynn who said of a similar deal with Hillary Clinton’s aides last year: “When you are given immunity, that means you’ve probably committed a crime.”.feedback

Michael Flynn

He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.feedback

Michael Flynn

Five people around [Clinton] have had, have been given immunity, to include her former Chief of Staff. When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime.feedback

Richard Burr

I think it's safe by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections. It's safe to say that we have had conversations with a lot of people, and you would think less of us if Gen. Flynn wasn't in that list.feedback

Richard Burr

No, sir, I have not. The committee will go wherever the intelligence leads us. We're not asking the House to play any role in our investigation. We don't plan to play any role in their investigation. You would think less of us if Gen. Flynn wasn't in that list. What we might assess is a very covert effort in 2016, in the United States, is a very overt effort, as well as covert, in Germany and France.feedback

Robert Kelner

While he did not sign the administration's ethics pledge, and it is not clear he was ever asked to sign it, General Flynn nonetheless intends to abide by the terms of the pledge.feedback

Karen DeYoung - the Post

Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former member of the National Intelligence Council, was first recruited for the NSC job under Michael Flynn. … [The] job offer was subsequently renewed by [H.R. McMaster]. … In her book 'Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin,' Hill described Putin as a survivalist on foreign policy, willing to use 'forms of blackmail, intimidation, punishment, and blatant distortion of the truth' to defend Russia and his position.feedback

Richard Burr

Mark and I work hand in hand on this. ... We're partners to see that this is completed and that we have a product at the end of the day that we can, in bipartisanship, support. It's safe to say that we have had conversations with a lot of people, and you would think less of us if General Flynn wasn't in that list. Absolutely. I'll do something I've never done. I'll admit I voted for him (Trump). ... But I've got a job in the U.S. Senate and ... it overrides any personal beliefs that I have or loyalties that I might have.feedback

Juliette Kayyem

It is starting to look like, from my sources and then also from open reporting, that Michael Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI and that is why we haven't heard from him. To be clear, I did not say on this segment that I have any confirmation that he is actually cooperating or that I have talked to anyone who does.feedback

Norm Eisen

You have additional issues cropping up: Ivanka falsely claiming she is not an employee and ethics rules don't apply to her; news that Flynn did not sign the ethics pledge despite being required to do so; and troubling new allegations about Wilbur Ross and his conflicted investments.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

This seems entirely reasonable. “Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years.”.feedback

Sean Spicer

Director Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that certain political appointees in the Obama administration had access to the names of unmasked US citizens, such as senior White House officials, senior Department of Justice officials, and senior intelligence officials. Before President Obama left office, Michael Flynn was unmasked and then illegally his identity was leaked out to media.feedback

Sean Spicer

General Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign. Paul Manafort who played a very limited role, for a very limited amount of time.feedback

Trey Gowdy

In February of this year, the Washington Post reported that 'nine current and former officials who were in senior positions at multiple agencies, at the time of the (Flynn) call spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters,'. I thought it was against the law to disseminate classified information. Is it?feedback

Trey Gowdy

Did you brief President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn?feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

If there has been a narrative about the Trump administrations foreign policy, it has been the idea that the primary cleavage is between the populists and the grown-ups. The populists consist of Trump, Stephen K. Bannon, Peter Navarro and Bannons minions in the White House. The grown-ups are Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, national security adviser [].feedback

Elijah Cummings

I am writing to request information about whether Gen. Flynn fully disclosed – as part of the security clearance and vetting process for his return to government – his communications with Russian agents, Turkish agents and other foreign agents, as well as his payments from foreign sources. I cannot recall any time in our nation's history when the President selected as his National Security Advisor someone who violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy.feedback

Price Floyd

He let the DIA know he had taken the trip. He was a private citizen at the time.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Did you know Mr. Flynn was lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his calls to Russia? Did you know Mr. Flynn misled Vice President Pence on the matter of his son's security clearance.feedback

Jeff Sessions

To your knowledge, did you break the law during the campaign? If so, how? To your knowledge, did anyone else related to the Trump campaign break the law during the campaign. Did you have any knowledge during the campaign of serving F.B.I. agents and police officers whom Rudy Giuliani, Erik Prince and Mr. Flynn claimed were leaking information to them? Did you advise anybody involved that this was against the law? If not, why not.feedback

Elijah Cummings

I cannot recall any time in our nation's history when the President selected as his National Security Advisor someone who violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy.feedback

Margaret Sullivan - the Post

We got Russian oligarchs, Cypriot banks, the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and much more.feedback

Devin Nunes

No, I don't. I have great confidence in Mike Flynn. He's probably the best intelligence officer of his generation. And Neil, he's being attacked maliciously by the press, which is not uncommon in this town. I would find that hard to believe because they were so busy, and I think these conversations were all very short. The president is a neophyte to politics.feedback

Steve Doocy

There's no doubt about the fact that at least Michael Flynn was wiretapped.feedback

Sean Spicer

That wasn't the role for the transition. This was a personal matter, it's a business matter.feedback

Elijah Cummings

If the vice president had heeded my warnings, it's clear now he could have prevented the problems that occurred with Lt. Gen. Flynn.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's a business matter, it's not something that would be appropriate for a government entity to give someone guidance on when they should file as an individual.feedback

Sean Spicer

Correct... You wouldn't know that until he filed. He didn't file until two days ago. We trust people to fill out the forms that they are required to do so in an honest and legal manner, and in this case he retroactively filed the forms he was supposed to do. We did the right thing then, and we expect every employee to follow the law.feedback

Sean Spicer

The burden is on the individual to seek the legal advice or professional expertise to decide what they have to file and not. It's not up to the transition attorney to go through someone's livelihood and determine what they need to seek. They were given the proper legal advice at the time, which was to seek expertise in that matter.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's not a question of raising flags. It's not for us to adjudicate whether or not someone needs to file under, you know, the Lobbying Disclosure Act, the FARA registration act, that's not the job of a transition attorney. It's to tell them to seek additional counsel or to explain to them where to find that information, not to tell them what to do or not to do. I can tell you the president has made clear to every person in this administration, you are expected to live up to the high standards that he has set for them and that if you don't you will be dismissed.feedback

Sean Spicer

He was a private citizen at the time. And when you're a private citizen, you're allowed to engage in legal activities. I don't have anything further on that, but I think there's nothing nefarious about doing anything that's legal as long as the proper paperwork is filed.feedback

Ekim Alptekin

When I engaged Flynn Co. polls showed 85% likelihood of Hillary winning. If intention was to lobby USG I would have hired Podesta like Gulen.feedback

Sean Spicer

There's nothing nefarious about doing anything that's legal as long as the proper paperwork is filed.feedback

Sean Spicer

I don't believe that that was known. I would refer you to General Flynn and to the Department of Justice in terms of the filings that have been made. I don't know. That's a hypothetical that I'm not prepared to ask. I don't know what he discussed prior to be appointed in terms of his background, his resume, his client base. I don't know any of that. I know that, from what I have read, he has filed the appropriate forms with the Department of Justice.feedback

Sean Spicer

I just want to be really clear on one point which is there is no reason that we have to think that the president is the target of any investigation whatsoever.feedback

Sean Spicer

This is silly. I don't think asking where random foreign leaders are and whether they are there ... I don't keep his schedule. I have my own concerns here keeping track of what everyone is doing. I generally don't worry about what's going on across the pond.feedback

Sean Spicer

The assurance I gave you was that I'm not aware. That was 100% accurate.feedback

Sean Spicer

I don't believe that was known. From what I've read, he has filed appropriate forms with the Department of Justice ; ask them and subsequently him if you have any questions about the filing. I don't know. I don't have anything on that. There is no reason to believe that he is the target of any investigation. I think that's a very important point to make. I'm not aware', I don't believe', you could look up in a thesaurus and find some other ways ... I don't think there's a distinction there that's noteworthy. The answer is, we're not aware. I don't know how much clearer we can be on this.feedback

Sean Spicer

I don't know ... That's a hypothetical. I don't know what was discussed prior to the appointment in terms of his background, his résumé, his client base.feedback

Trevor Noah

No matter how hard the Trump administration tries, Russia keeps coming back. I'd say that Russia is Trump's herpes. Every time we dig deeper into Trump's campaign, it seems like there's a new person that's connected to the Russians. First it was Paul Manafort, then it was Flynn, the whole thing is like one of those Russian nesting dolls… Now it's Sessions. He lied under oath, while interviewing to be the guy who prosecutes people for lying under oath.feedback

Joe Manchin

I voted for him because I did trust him, absolutely. And I've said, point blank, when it came out about the Mike Flynn investigation, I called Jeff and said, Jeff, you should recuse yourself – get the heck out of the way!' And he said he would take the matter into consideration. And I said, you better do more than take it under consideration – you should do it.feedback

Elijah Cummings

It is inconceivable that even after Michael Flynn was fired for concealing his conversations with the Russians that Attorney General Sessions would keep his own conversations secret for several more weeks. When Senator Sessions testified under oath that 'I did not have communications with the Russians,' his statement was demonstrably false, yet he let it stand for weeks. ... Attorney General Sessions should resign immediately.feedback

Michael Cohen

I acknowledge that the brief meeting took place, but emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn. I didn't see Gen. Flynn while I was at the White House, and I didn't spend two seconds talking about this, not even one second. I've known Felix for years. I received a phone call: 'Hey Mike, you have a few minutes? Can I meet you for coffee? You mind if I bring a friend?' Little did I know it would be a guy who wants to run for president of Ukraine.feedback

Mike Pence

The president and I both strongly support a free and independent press but you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts.feedback

Mike Pence

I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate.feedback

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

It was our legal counsel who got a heads up from Sally Yates that something wasn't adding up with his story. I have talked to General Flynn. None of that came up. The subject matter of sanctions or the actions taken by the Obama did not come up in the conversation. We don't know of any contacts with Russian agents.feedback

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

But then we started thinking about whether or not Michael Flynn was being straight with us. And that's when we started asking a lot of questions and sort of deposing Michael Flynn and figuring out what he knew or what he didn't know.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

I was the National Security Adviser on 9/11. The day after 9/11, we closed our borders and thought that we were more secure. That turned out to be a mistake.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it. America is going to start winning again, winning like never ever before. We're not going to let our country be taken advantage of anymore in any way, shape or form.feedback

John McCain

I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do. The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we've learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says.feedback

Kevin Felty

Largely because it was so unorthodox. It was hyper adversarial between the president and the press. And yet he was able to control the questioning and the tone and the mood in the room. There was nothing illegal that General Flynn had done at that time. What he did do is make a mistake in not being accurate with the vice president. He doesn't need the media to chide him to make the right decisions. It's something he's been doing well for decades.feedback

John McCain

It's dysfunctional, as far as national security is concerned. Who's in charge? Who's making policy? Who's making decisions? I don't know of anyone outside of the White House that knows. Where's the involvement of Congress on other things?feedback

Art Hogan

The market seems to want to focus on what could be the positives. If we get a pro-growth agenda and move forward, the market is (focusing on) that a whole lot more than the market's worried about a constitutional crisis in the Mike Flynn fiasco.feedback

Jim Cramer

We can't shoehorn what is going on with Flynn with what is going on with Cisco's price-to-earnings multiple.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him if he didn't do it. The leaks are real. The news is fake.feedback

Richard L. Trumka - AFL-CIO

Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta's nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we've gone from a fast-food CEO who routinely violates labor law to a public servant with experience enforcing it. . . . We will judge this nominee by the commitment he shows to making life better for working people.feedback

Angus King

It's hard to believe that Mike Flynn was acting entirely on his own.feedback

Chuck Schumer

There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation, because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the vice president and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security, because it was subject to blackmail.feedback

Scott Hiltgen

They're trying to make up a story that Trump worked with the Russians to rig the election. Now they're trying to make a big deal out of (former national security adviser) Mike Flynn. He was doing what he was supposed to do. He was talking to his counterparts. He was talking to the Russians. He got fired because he lied to (Vice President Mike) Pence. There's no story there. The left media is so excited. They think they took this guy down. No, he made a mistake. He just lied.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

An independent, nonpartisan commission is the only way to really get to the bottom of this. Give it subpoena power and allow it to do what the Republicans have been explicit that the two existing intelligence committee investigations are not going to do.feedback

Donald J. Trump

From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked – it's criminal action, criminal act, and it's been going on for a long time.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media -- as I call it, the fake media in many case. And I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media.feedback

Paul Zemsky - Voya Investment Management

At this point investors don't believe it's going to be disruptive for the overall economy. There's a lot of noise coming out of Washington, and the issue with Flynn is potentially serious. But investors are a little bit numb to the tweets and static coming out of Washington and are focusing on the real economic numbers, which are probably more accurate than all of the noise and all of the partisan positioning.feedback

Jonathan Karl

I wanted to jump up and say, You fired him. Why did you fire him?feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I think in addition to that from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it's criminal action. It's a criminal act and it's been going on for a long time before me but now it's really going on. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton. I think it's very, very unfair what's happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally – I stress that, illegally leaked. Very, very unfair.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Michael Flynn – General Flynn – is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.feedback

John McCain

Something like this always sucks the oxygen out of the room. The president's national security adviser did not tell the vice president of the United States the truth and had to be fired. It brings up a lot of questions and those questions need to be answered. Right now, without a national security adviser and everything else that's going on in the White House, it is dysfunctional on national security.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he has been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think it is very, very unfair what has happened to Gen. Flynn. The way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally, I stress that, illegally leaked.feedback

Chuck Schumer

Was General Flynn directed or authorised to do what he did? What was the extent of his conversations and contacts with Russia? Why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media?feedback

Donald J. Trump

The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal with North Korea etc?feedback

Hallie Jackson - National Broadcasting Company

NBC News is the first to report the vice president was in the dark until this past Thursday when media reports surfaced, indicating the now-former national security adviser may have talked sanctions in a call with the Russian ambassador.feedback

Sean Spicer

The evolving, and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation. Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House Counsel of this situation, the White House counsel briefed the president and a small group of senior advisers. Absolutely not.feedback

Bob Corker

I think there needs to be fulsome investigation on all angles relative to nefarious activities that were taking place with Russia, beginning in March but even going back before that time. An element of that should be that maybe General Flynn testifies in one of the hearings.feedback

John Dickerson

Part of my job is allowing the administration to explain itself to people and not interrupt them so much they can't ever get their point of view across. They say what they believe, and then you interrogate them.feedback

Mark Feldstein

Where do you stop? Conway isn't the only member of the administration who has a truth-telling problem. It starts at the very top. Can you stop putting Donald Trump on the air if what he says is false? You can't. He's the president of the United States.feedback

Michael Flynn

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology. Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I think most Americans have a right to know whether or not this was a General Flynn rogue maneuver, or was he basically speaking for somebody else in the White House.feedback

Adam Schiff

This isn't simply about a change in policy toward Russia, as the administration would like to portray. It's what's behind that change in policy. It's not just that an administration official was caught lying. It's that the national security adviser to the president was caught lying and on a matter of central importance. So this is big.feedback

Devin Nunes

I'm just shocked that nobody's covering the real crime here. You have an American citizen who had his phone call recorded and then leaked to the media.feedback

Sean Spicer

We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth. The president was very concerned that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others. The president must have complete and unwavering trust of the person in that position. The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of a series of other issues is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation. It is inappropriate for me to comment on those a this time. It is not an issue that has come up.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

I'll say this, I didn't know until I heard from my colleague that the tweet of General Flynn today was 'scapegoat,' . Scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is? That means, in a community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat, and they heap all of the ills onto the goat, and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.feedback

Michael Flynn

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador (Sergey Kislyak). I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

That situation has taken care of itself – (the) Intel committee has looked at hacking issue previously.feedback

Michael Flynn

If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed. It wasn't about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out. It was basically, Look, I know this happened. We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, We're going to review sanctions,' or anything like that.feedback

Elijah Cummings

Yes, sorry, to correct the record – just learned like many others that the Flynn tweet this morning was fake.feedback

Elijah Cummings

Madam leader, just this morning, Flynn tweeted, and this is a quote, scapegoat,' end of quote. Scapegoat. He basically described himself as a scapegoat.feedback

Marco Rubio

I can tell you that the Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a bipartisan investigation, as we should, on Russian interference in our election and post-election, and we're going to go wherever the truth leads us.feedback

Leonid Slutsky

I don't rule out the possibility that Flynn would appear again in the administration at some point and all this situation is aimed at creating an impression among ordinary people and in the US political establishment that Russia is still a strategic opponent, to put it mildly.feedback

Jim Cramer

Flynn is now part of the roadblock to getting it so we have corporate tax reform. ... Some people will sell stocks betting we're not going to get anything in 2017.feedback

Sean Spicer

This was an act of trust – whether or not he misled the vice president was the issue and that was ultimately what led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of Gen. Flynn.feedback

Sean Spicer

The level of trust between the President and Gen. Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change. The president was very concerned that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others. We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks trying to ascertain the truth. [Trump] must have complete and unwavering trust for someone in that position.feedback

Bob Corker

This is going to go on forever if we don't address it.feedback

Lindsey Graham

The one-president-at-a-time policy I think has served the country well. The idea that (Flynn) did this on his own without any direction is a good question to ask.feedback

John Cornyn

We have standing committees in the Senate that have all the appropriate clearances to do the investigations. We'll follow the investigation wherever it leads.feedback

Richard Burr

Washington, D.C. can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn – who has always been a soldier, not a politician – deserves America's gratitude and respect for dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security. I thank him for his many years of distinguished service.feedback

John McCain

We need to look at the whole issue … our relationship with Russia and how certain things happened the way they did.feedback

Devin Nunes

The President needs a National Security Advisor whom he can trust and I defer to him to decide who best fills that role.feedback

Paul Ryan

You cannot have a national security adviser misleading the vice president and others. So I think the president was right to ask for his resignation. And I believe it was the right thing to do.feedback

Stephen Hadley

You are the first to see the President in the morning when the President shows up for work in the Oval Office and the last person to see the President before he or she makes any major foreign policy or national security decision.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

By night's end, Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign. He knew he'd become a lightning rod, and he made that decision. As time wore on, obviously the situation became unsustainable. We're moving on.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

No, not at all. Both were true. The president is very loyal. He's a very loyal person. And by night's end, Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign. He knew he had become a lightning rod and he made that decision. That's one characterization. But the fact is that General Flynn continued in that position and was in the presidential daily briefings, was part of the leader calls as recently as [Monday] … and as time wore on, obviously the situation had become unsustainable. We're moving on.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

That fact is what became unsustainable. I think misleading the vice president was really the key here.feedback

Konstantin Kosachyov

Either Mr Trump has not gained the requisite independence and he is consequently being not unsuccessfully backed into a corner, or Russophobia has already infected the new administration also from top to bottom. Even that is perceived in Washington as a thought crime.feedback

Sean Spicer

The president is evaluating the situation. I think general Flynn both during the transition and after, just as part of the job of national security advisor, is to speak with counterparts. No, absolutely not. No way.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

I have a tweet, I'm going to make, I'm telling my staff right now - It's not scapegoat, its stonewall, and that's exactly what the Republicans in Congress are doing.feedback

Derek Chollet

The key question is what is the connective tissue between the president and the actual policy. Every president reaches a point where they stop getting listened to. With Trump, it may happen sooner if there's a sense what he says isn't actually translated into policy.feedback

Jim Carafano

I don't think it will slow the White House down too much.feedback

Lydia Dennett

If a foreign entity is lobbying Congress on influencing U.S policy, they need to file under the foreign agent act.feedback

Ian McCulloh

He was pushing for us to think out of the box and try to leverage technology better and innovate. A lot of people didn't like it because it was different.feedback

John McCain

General Flynn's resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus. General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.feedback

Alexei Pushkov

It was not Flynn who was targeted but relations with Russia.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

The situation has taken care of itself. Sounds like he did the right thing, he didn't want to be a distraction. And it was getting to be a distraction.feedback

Philippe Reines

Dear Mike Flynn & Mike Flynn Jr., what goes around COMETS around. And given your pizza obsession….feedback

Alexei Makarkin

This infatuation with Trump in Russia is over, and Flynn as a person who has contributed to this infatuation stopped being perceived as a figure who can have a re