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    US Lawmaker Says Michael Flynn Will Be Replaced by 'Someone Equally Qualified'

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    The resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn will not affect the work of the cabinet of US President Donald Trump, US Congressman Chris Collins, a Republican from the state of New York, told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday night, Flynn announced his decision to leave the National Security Adviser post amid the growing controversy surrounding information leaked to the media about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump's inauguration.

    "I don’t think there will be any impact, he will be replaced by someone equally qualified," Collins stated on Tuesday. "I’m a friend of General Flynn, so I was on the one hand very sorry to see him leave, because I know he’s an exceptional American. But with that said, he decided it would be best for the administration."

    Collins added that Flynn had become "somewhat of a distraction" because of the wide news coverage.

    "So, he did what he thought was best for the country and I respect that," Collins said. "Meanwhile there are so many issues every minute of every day. I said earlier this morning, I’m not going to dwell on the past, what’s done is now done. Let’s just move forward."

    Earlier on Tuesday, a group of Republican senators called for an investigation into possible Trump ties with Russia and suggested that Flynn should testify during the probe.

    Flynn’s phone communications with Kislyak have raised questions about whether the he broke the Logan Act of 1799 that prohibits private US citizens from engaging with foreign nations in diplomatic disputes. To date, no American has been penalized for violating the Logan Act.

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      marcanhalt
      I think that, with very few exceptions, both sides of the aisle should be sent to their rooms for insubordination. These guys think that they work for themselves and have no bosses. I guess they have us fooled as I thought we were the ones who paid their wages. How do they think their constituents view them, especially those from the 'red states'?
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      Darrell R
      They need to check the tap water in Washington because these people are out of their minds. Perhaps all the water for that matter because someone actually voted for these people.
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      Crowbar
      This is just another plot to remove a President the people elected by legal means.The traitors that turned on their party and leader to bring question to Trump's ability and loyaltys in an attempt to help the radical left. Fake news and lies are every where.As talking to a Russian is normal practice for the govt and future govt people. They are saying Russia swayed the elections well thanks Russia as I didn't know who to vote for. These lies are so screwed up as they changed no one's mind and probably weren't involved with anything. If so who are we to point fingers?? They are attempting to overthrow Trump by many ways and any means possible. The people will awaken and take the country back as described in the Constitution as tyrants are at work to discard the peoples choice so those who committed treason against the people's leader will be found and dealt with as the founding fathers knew this would happen one day. So by the paper of the founders the call to remove tyranny is given to the people as a expected duty. So if removed by any means the people will not stand by as sheep. Those involved in this on going coup attempt will be found from top to bottom.As peace has failed and the leftist radicals and others have declared war on our leader of the people and so they have declared war on his people and nation too.
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