Foreign Policy Russia

Michael Flynn Steps Down

Michael Flynn, national security advisor, resigned Monday night, stating that he had given “incomplete information” to the administration about a series of telephone calls he had with the Russian ambassador in December, during one of which he assured the Russian ambassador that any sanctions placed by Obama could be reversed during the Trump presidency. The Justice Department expressed concern Monday that Russia may hold information surrounding the phone call that they could have used to blackmail Flynn if he tried to hide the content of the phone call. Options for replacement include former C.I.A director, David Petraeus and the head of Trump’s domestic security council Thomas Bossert.