By Niraj Chokshi, The New York Times:
Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled White House officials about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Mr. Flynn the post of national security adviser, elevating a retired general and intelligence officer who sees Islamist militancy as a global existential threat.
“I am pleased that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” Mr. Trump said in a statement at the time.
In a phone conversation with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, Mr. Flynn discussed sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russia around the same time, according to officials who saw a transcript of the wiretapped conversation.
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