Transcripts showed that contrary to public assertions by Flynn - bolstered by Vice President Mike Pence - the retired general and Trump campaign adviser had discussed with the ambassador the possibility of lifting sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by President Obama. While Pence and other officials emphatically denied Flynn ever brought up the question of sanctions with Kislyak, investigators did not rule out Flynn was operating in concert with others in the administration. While Conway was remarking that Trump had "full confidence" in the retired general, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president was "evaluating the situation" and consulting with Pence about his conversations with the national security adviser.
At a news conference later with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump charged that intelligence leaks to the news media were "a criminal act".
The Steele dossier also described an enormous proposed payoff by the Russians to Trump and his associates, who were to receive 19 percent of Rosneft, the state-owned Russian energy firm, in exchange for guaranteeing the end of US sanctions under a Trump presidency.
In the short term, Trump is now faced with finding a replacement for Flynn at a time of deep uncertainty over the direction of his administration, and with a new foreign policy crisis looming after North Korea's missile test at the weekend.
Trump has reportedly offered Vice Admiral Robert Harward the National Security Advisor job. The Justice Department had warned the White House late last month that Gen. Flynn could be at risk for blackmail because of contradictions between his public depictions of the calls and what intelligence officials reported.
Congressional Republicans, meanwhile, continue to stonewall any investigation of Russia's influence over the Trump administration.
Has something interesting been found in an alien atmosphere?
The agency announced that it will make a major announcement on new findings on planets, but offered no other details. The planets that orbit it are clustered more closely, and they probably only ever face Trappist-1 from one side.
US intelligence agencies have also said the Russian government tampered with the presidential election in an attempt to help Trump win.
But investigators say that despite misleading the vice president, there is not enough evidence to charge him with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
But Petraeus fell from grace over the mishandling of classified information and remains on probation.
The chairmen of the House committees on oversight and the judiciary sent a letter Wednesday to the Justice Department's inspector general urging him to investigate the leaks that led to Flynn's removal.
Nothing has been proved yet except that Flynn is a liar, and that Trump's crazed and chaotic White House failed to discipline him until they had no choice. Flynn and Kislyak "did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia" in their conversations, he says.
This morning President Trump tweeted, "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?". Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night.
Riots rock Swedish capital days after Trump comments
With the influx, tensions also rose with some isolated attacks on immigrants, as well as pro- and anti-migrant demonstrations. Riots such as this one have occurred in Stockholm's suburbs in the past, but officials said they are infrequent.
A Democratic president appointing an aide whose previous job was starring on a Russian propaganda TV network? FILE - in this February 1, 2017, file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn walks past White House press secretary Sean Spicer to the podium to speak during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.
The extensive contacts drew concerns of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials in part because it came at a time of Russian cyberactivities targeting mostly Democratic Party political organizations.
"Absolutely not; no, no, no", Spicer said.
Yet if there is a line too far, at which point Republicans will feel duty-bound to call for an independent investigation of their president or his administration, Trump hasn't crossed it yet.
Democrats are also asking that the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation be made public.
Israeli Soldier Gets 18 Months In Prison For Killing Wounded Palestinian Attacker
The other was shot and wounded before being shot and killed by Azaria , who was then 19. The family showed no emotion at first, later they sang the Israeli national anthem.