Should Donald Trump fire Michael Flynn?
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Should Donald Trump fire Michael Flynn?

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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is under fire for discussing sanctions Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Donald Trump was sworn into office. The Logan Act forbids U.S. citizens from engaging in unauthorized activities that influence foreign policy between the U.S. and other nations. Despite allegations, Flynn is confident he'll be okay. The intelligence community and Trump's critics say Flynn should be removed because he misled senior officials. What do you think?

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Flynn is under fire for communicating with the Russian ambassador inappropriately, and most likely discussed sanctions before Trump entered the Oval Office. Flynn has also been scrutinized in the past for his connections to Russia, including a high profile dinner with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Neither of those assertions is consistent with the fuller account of Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak provided by officials who had access to reports from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies that routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats. Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
All of those officials said ­Flynn’s references to the election-related sanctions were explicit. Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.

Despite the allegations, Flynn and the Kremlin deny anything inappropriate happened. All signs indicate that it's business as usual, but given the erratic nature of the Trump administration, anything can happen. 

People close to Flynn said he feels confident in his position despite the swirling controversy. He flew to Florida this weekend with the president along with other National Security Council officials to engage with his Japanese counterparts during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit.
Furthermore, people in Trump’s orbit cautioned that the president was unlikely to fire Flynn because doing so would amount to an admission of guilt and misjudgment in the face of media scrutiny and would also demonstrate chaos early in his presidency.

Flynn has lost the backing of key players and has made some powerful enemies in the administration. He lied by omission to Vice President Pence and Democrats are out for the Trump administration anyway possible. He's made the White House politically vulnerable. Jokingly or not, Flynn wondered to a colleague whether they'd remain in their positions in the National Security Council a year from now. That statement may be more prescient than Flynn realized. 

He has probably lost the backing of Vice-President Mike Pence and some other top administration officials, and Democrats in Congress are out for blood.Much of the intelligence community also dislikes Mr Flynn, dating back to his acrimonious tenure as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and many would be happy to see him go, which could explain recent damaging leaks.
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