President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has come under fire for pre-inauguration conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Judy Woodruff speaks with The New York Times’ David Sanger and Leon Panetta, former director of the CIA, about Flynn's actions and what the controversy suggests about the early weeks of the Trump administration.
Michael Thomas "Mike" Flynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who was the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and was the 25th National Security Advisor, serving President Donald Trump for three weeks and three days, from Jan. 20 to Feb.13, before resigning Monday amid controversy over his covert contacts with Russian officials.
Flynn's military career was primarily operational, with numerous combat arms conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments. He co-authored a report in January 2010 through the Center for a New American Security entitled Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.
Flynn retired with 33 years service in the Army, a year before he was scheduled to leave his position.