The White House
fired Michael Flynn from his post as national security adviser in February, after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about meeting secretly with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. The meeting took place after the election and before Trump's inauguration, and Pence publicly denied--based on Flynn's assurances--that there had been any communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Flynn also, according to House Democrats who have reviewed congressional reports, appears to have lied to the Pentagon when applying for a security clearance about income he had received in 2015 and 2016 from Russian sources. It took the White House
more than two and a half weeks to fire Flynn after it was informed of these contacts. Flynn, a former Army general, has hired a lawyer and has been silent for months.