>> Thank you.>> One of the most dramatic moments yet for Trump America. A raging controversy over contact with Russian officials claiming the scalp of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn later on Monday. His resignation letter saying quote, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.
It all comes down to claims that Flynn held discussions with Moscow the week before Trump took office about the possibility of the US lifting sanctions against Russia. Officials say that could be both illegal and leave Washington vulnerable to blackmail. Mike Pence was dragged into the mess when Flynn assured him that the claims were untrue.
Leading the vice president to step in and defend him on Live TV.>> It was strictly coincidental that they had a conversation.>> But last week, Flynn came out saying sanctions may have come up in talks with the Russians, he just couldn't remember 100%. According to Washington, intercepted coms shows Flynn didn't make any promises about lifting Russian sanctions.
Though he did suggest that any trade restrictions brought in under Barack Obama wouldn't necessarily be carried over into the new administration. Retired general, Keith Kellogg, has been named acting national security adviser while Trump decides who will fill the position.