>> Ladies and gentlemen, something is wrong.>> Washington erupting Tuesday over the sudden exit of President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. The uproar only inflamed by the White House admission that Trump knew for weeks about the phone calls with Russia that cost Flynn his job. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington.
White House Spokesman Sean Spicer peppered with questions about Flynn's departure after only 24 days on the job adding to the perception of a White House engulfed in crisis and indecision. Spicer saying that Trump had been reviewing the situation for weeks before he asked for Flynn's resignation. Adding that, he was pushed out, because of an erosion of trust not because he did anything illegal.
>> Flynn resigned after revelations that he discussed US sanctions on Russia with that country's Ambassador to the United States while he was still a private citizen, which is a possible violation of the law. He also misled Vice President Mike Pence about those calls. The Justice Department reportedly warned the White House weeks ago that those conversations with ambassador Sergey Kislyak could leave him vulnerable to blackmail.
>> Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House council of the situation. The White House council briefed the president and it's small group of the senior advisors. The White House council reviewed and determined that there is not an illegal issue, but rather a trust issue. Intelligence agencies say Russia interfered in last year's presidential election to tip the balance toward Trump that prompted former President Obama to tighten sanctions on Russia.
Flynn could face possible criminal charges if he lied to FBI investigators who interviewed him about the conversations. US lawmakers including some Republicans called on Tuesday for a deeper inquiry.>> Who at the White House decided to do nothing for three weeks as Flynn sat in on meeting after meeting after meeting?
>> Flynn's departure come out, sources tell Reuters about stark divides between civil servants and Trump loyalists on the issue of national security that will certainly have to be tackled by whoever succeeds Flynn in the job. The role fulfilled for now by General Keith Kellogg, but Vice Admiral Robert Harward emerging as the lead candidate to take on the job permanently.
Flynn's departure is yet another disruption for a White House that's already been distracted by repeated dramas and miscues. Republicans are eager for Trump to move ahead with tax cuts, revamping healthcare, building infrastructure. All that on hold for now due to the latest upheaval.