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Vice President Pence was reportedly made aware of a warning by Justice Department officials about ousted White House national security adviser Michael Flynn last week, more than 10 days after President Trump received the alert himself. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Vice President Pence was reportedly made aware of a warning by Justice Department officials about ousted White House national security adviser Michael Flynn last week, 15 days after President Trump received the alert himself.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that the Justice Department had informed Trump on Jan. 26 that Flynn had misled the White House about his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the previous administration announced new sanctions against Moscow.

Trump had asked White House counsel Doug McGahn to investigate the situation the day he received the agency’s warning, while sources told NBC News that Pence remained in the dark.

Flynn resigned on Monday amid the growing controversy about whether he discussed the Obama-era sanctions with Kislyak and subsequently lied to Pence.

The retired four-star general served in the position for less than four weeks and said in his resignation letter Monday that the “fast pace of events” led him to “inadvertently” brief Pence and other White House aides with “incomplete information regarding [his] phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”

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