Swalwell Issues Statement on National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Resignation
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), the Ranking Member of the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Monday night upon the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn:
“Michael Flynn is only resigning because he got caught by the press for improper prior and existing relationships with Russia. More than 100 Members of Congress who signed my letter urging his suspension knew that he had to go, but we also knew this isn’t the end of the story. Questions remain about whether he made such contact of his own volition or on orders; whether Trump administration officials were misled about the contact or lied to cover it up; and whether Flynn might’ve been susceptible to Russian blackmail, as the Justice Department reportedly informed the White House late last month.
“Flynn’s contacts with the Russian Ambassador are part of a larger pattern of Russian involvement with and support for Trump and his team before and since the 2016 election. That’s why I and Rep. Elijah Cummings co-authored H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The legislation – cosponsored by all members of the House Democratic Caucus – would create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. For the sake of our nation’s future, our intelligence and law enforcement community must determine whether Donald Trump's loyalties lie with us or with the Russians.”