Trump’s top foreign policy advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, has been fired as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser amid a flurry of reports about the president’s ties to Russia.
Flynn resigned on Monday amid a series of revelations about his contact with the Russian ambassador during the transition period.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who served as a key adviser to Trump, also resigned.
The White House announced the firing of Flynn’s former deputy national security advisor, Richard Ledgett, on Monday, the latest to follow revelations of Trump’s ties with Russia.
“The President has lost confidence in General Flynn and General Ledgety,” a White House statement said.
“They were the ones who led the effort to vet General Flynn’s security clearance and who helped him apply for security clearances.
The President has now decided to terminate their contracts and remove General Flynn from his position.”
The firing of Ledgetts predecessor was confirmed by a senior administration official.
It comes as Flynn has emerged as the subject of multiple congressional investigations into his interactions with Russia during the campaign.
Reports in The New York Times and CNN also said that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his son-at-law are among those who have been investigated by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for possible ties to Russian government officials.
The president also fired a former deputy assistant to his national security director, Ben Rhodes, who was also in charge of the Trump National Security Council.
The resignation of Flynn came as news emerged that Trump, who has repeatedly said he has no plans to fire Mueller, has agreed to talk to the special counsel as part of his ongoing probe.
Mueller, a former FBI director appointed by former President Barack Obama, has spent months investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.