Michael Flynn, national security adviser to President Trump, resigned late Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.
Flynn stepped down amid reports that he had misled administration officials about his communications with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak before the inauguration.
“In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Adviser, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors,” Flynn wrote in his resignation letter.
Flynn admitted in the letter that he “inadvertently” briefed Vice President-elect Pence and others with “incomplete information” about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.
Trump named retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg as acting national security adviser. Reports suggested that Kellogg, retired Gen. David Petraeus and Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, Jr., former Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command, were on the short list to permanently replace Flynn. Some reports suggested Harward is the lead contender.