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However, White House officials had maintained Yates merely wanted to give them a "heads-up" about the former national security adviser's Russian contacts.
Popular Video SNL is not a fan of the Trump administration, and it shows with every new skit they produce. The Breitbart News Network, once headed by Trump chief strategist Stephen Bannon, reported that some of the recent accusations were driven by associates of Comey, who was sacked by Trump last week, in a story headlined "Comey Strikes Back".
In addition to mounting legal fees, the former campaign staff member also expressed concern about how his job prospects may be affected by the Russian Federation investigation.More news: Kuwait backs extension of oil cuts
In fact, Flynn's appointment as national security adviser raised eyebrows from the get-go.
"Thank God, Trump is president", Flynn told a friend after his resignation, according to the Yahoo report.
Trump, who's dismissed the controversy as "fake news", said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".
As news broke in February that Flynn had discussed sanctions imposed on Russian Federation with the country's ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration, Pence was caught in the crosshairs.
The usually forthcoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer, meeting reporters Wednesday, dodged questions about Comey and the Russian connection, referring reporters to a terse White House statement issued the day before.More news: U.S. anti-ISIL envoy Brett McGurk should be changed, Ankara says
"The only news I watch is Fox, but the only news I watch and believe is whatever comes out of the president's mouth and whatever he tweets", said Larsen, an Israeli-born immigrant who has lived in Tucson, Arizona, for 25 years.
"The more negativity, the more we're for him".
"Not many people in the national security world were endorsing us", one campaign aide.
The inspector general at the U.S. Defense Department announced recently it is investigating whether Flynn sought permission for the Russian and Turkish payments after he was specifically warned when he retired from the military to not accept any money from foreign governments.
In that role, Pence oversaw the transition's work to build out the future Trump administration and quickly booted several of the Christie-aligned transition officials who had been working to fill out a potential administration before Trump was elected. One associate compared Flynn to Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager who is disliked by many in Trump's world.More news: Air alarm - Forced landing of Qantas aircraft
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