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What we know so far about the circumstances surrounding Gen. Flynn’s resignation

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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for National Security Advisor, waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 12, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night in the latest spate of bad publicity for the White House.

He'd been targeted with heavy criticism for flatly denying he talked about sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Donald Trump assumed the presidency. That could be a violation of a 200-year-old law against a private citizen negotiating conflicts with a foreign government.  However, Flynn's biggest problem reportedly stemmed from telling Vice-President Mike Pence sanctions never came up in the conversation. That left the VP with egg on his face when he publicly defended Flynn, after which more reporting surfaced that seemed to confirm suspicions that Flynn had, indeed, discussed sanctions. Flynn has been replaced by Army Lt. Gen (ret.) Keith Kellogg, who will fill the spot in the interim until the president appoints a successor.

The timing is difficult, with both North Korea and Russia conducting missile tests, and there are still many questions remaining about how much the White House knew about Flynn’s conversation, when it knew that information, and what it decided to do with it.

What do you think about the White House’s handling of this issue? Whose names are being thrown around as possible replacements for Flynn?


Josh Gerstein, reporter for POLITICO covering the White House and Justice Dept.; he tweets @joshgerstein

Phil Ewing, national security editor for NPR; he tweets @philewing

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