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Trump ally says GOP lawmakers aren't discussing Flynn because Valentine's Day

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) is an ally of President Trump in Congress and a member of his presidential transition team, and on CNN's New Day Tuesday, Chris Cuomo asked Collins why Republican leaders in Congress haven't reacted publicly at all to the huge news that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned under pressure due to revelations about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to Washington. "Well, it's Valentine's Day and I guess they're having breakfast with their wives," Collins said. He added that he's not familiar with the details of what happened, he's sorry to see Flynn leave, and "we move on from here. I'm not going to be one, nor would I hope others will, dwell on the situation, or pile on, to use another term. I think it's just time to move on."

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway hit a similar note on the Today show, telling a befuddled Matt Lauer that Trump says he "has accepted Gen. Flynn's resignation, and he wishes him well, and that we're moving on." Peter Weber