US national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns over contacts with Russia

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in his resignation letter, said he held numerous calls

National security adviser Michael Flynn knew he had to resign after he misled the vice-president, a White House official has said, according to the BBC.

“He knew he had become a lightning rod and he made that decision,” Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s Today programme.

Mr Flynn resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with a Russian envoy before Donald Trump took office, the BBC reported.

Republicans have joined congressional calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn’s contacts with Russia.

If the allegations are true, it would have been illegal for Mr Flynn to conduct US diplomacy as a private citizen, before he was appointed as Mr Trump’s national security adviser, the BBC said.

Mr Flynn, a retired army lieutenant-general, initially denied having discussed sanctions with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and Vice-President Mike Pence publicly denied the allegations on his behalf.

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