By: Everette Rosenfeld
President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned on Monday.
The White House confirmed the resignation, announcing that Trump had named Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as acting national security adviser.
Flynn's resignation comes after days of speculation about his status within the administration and intense scrutiny into his discussions about Russia prior to Trump's inauguration. Reports on Monday revealed that the Justice Department had earlier warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
"In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude," Flynn wrote in his resignation letter, which was provided by the White House.