Washington (CNN)Michael Flynn tendered his resignation as national security adviser on Monday night, creating an opening in one of the most important positions in the White House.
President Donald Trump tapped retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg to serve as acting national security adviser, elevating the man who served as the national security council’s chief of staff to the top role on a temporary basis.
Kellogg is in the running to hold the position full-time, as well as retired Gen. David Petraeus and former Vice Admiral Bob Harward, a source told CNN Monday evening.
But Harward is considered the top contender for the job, a senior official told CNN Tuesday.
At the time, the Bush administration and many throughout Washington dubbed the surge a success and Petraeus was applauded for it. Then when Gen. Stanley McChrystal was forced to resign after an earthshaking article from Michael Hastings, a now-deceased freelance journalist who was published in Rolling Stone, Obama tapped Petraeus to take over from McChrystal as the military leader in Afghanistan.
Petraeus led troops in Afghanistan before another major Obama administration switch-up resulted in Petraeus moving to lead the CIA.
In a stunning fall from grace, he resigned his position over an extramarital affair with his biographer. A Justice Department investigation accused Petraeus of sharing classified information with the woman whom he was having an affair with. He pleaded guilty and agreed to serve two years probation and pay $100,000 fine.
Trump reportedly considered him for secretary of state and the vice presidency, but ultimately offered him no role in the administration. If tapped to be national security adviser, he would still be under probation until April.
CNN’s Jim Acosta, Sara Murray, Gloria Borger and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.