Top House Republican wants Federal Bureau of Investigation 'assessment' on Trump-related leaks

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with teachers school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC

The Times says the intercepts coincided with the discovery by US law enforcement and intelligent agencies of "evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee" and a decision to determine "whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election".

Meanwhile, Trump has named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser.

Flynn, 58, had come under intense scrutiny Monday night for conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak in December, during which he may have discussed potential economic sanctions against Moscow for the Kremlin's purported meddling in the American election.

Senior Democrat Adam Schiff said Mr Flynn's departure would not end questions about contacts between the Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

It was not merely because of Cornyn's rank as the Senate's No. 2 Republican that his comments sent waves throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol: He is a newly installed member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the congressional clearing house of the Russian controversy. Pence learned about the Justice Department warnings to the White House around the same time.

If the White House national security advisor misled his own West Wing colleagues, how can he keep his job?

"Does this episode strengthen Pence or weaken Pence?" asked William Kristol, editor at large of the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, and who served as chief of staff to Vice-President Dan Quayle.

"We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth, " Spicer said.

Several people close to Pence said he was "blindsided" and "frustrated".

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Given the broader climate of policy stumbles, institutional resistance, and that never-ending stream of leaks undermining the reputation of Mr. Trump's office, "Flynn-gate" raises existential question for his term in office.

Pence left the conversation troubled, as did Priebus, who expressed dismay both with Flynn's answers and the dawning reality that Flynn had deceived Pence. Collins was talking about Flynn, not Pence, in the story's 9th paragraph.

It was not an upstart online operation, a social media outlet, or any sort of new media that blew the whistle on Flynn's dissembling about his contacts with Russian officials.

The latter leak has created new pressures for the Trump White House, even raising questions about Flynn's future with the administration.

We don't know which direction or directions probes might take.

"The White House counsel informed the president immediately".

CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports that his name, along with CENTCOM's Vice Adm. Richard Harward, have also been floated by the White House to replace Flynn, but according to Garrett, Petraeus is not expecting an offer to be national security adviser.

In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning, Conway repeatedly said that over time, Flynn's misleading of Pence had become "unsustainable".

"The likeliest outcome isn't straightening this out", Schake said, "but more scattershot craziness because the president himself is so undisciplined".

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