House Dems on Flynn-Russia Calls: What Did Trump Know, When Did He Know It?
Leading House Democrats spoke from Capitol Hill moments ago, demanding answers from the White House on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's communications with Russia.
Democrats Adam Schiff (CA), ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, John Conyers (MI), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and Elijah Cummings (MD), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said Flynn's resignation is only the beginning of their inquiry into the matter.
Flynn resigned late Monday, just days after reports that he had discussed the Obama administration's recent sanctions against Moscow with Amb. Sergey Kislyak before the inauguration.
Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had previously maintained that the sanctions were not discussed, based on denials from Flynn.
Schiff called it "deeply disturbing" that Flynn's resignation came only after the "falsehood became public."
He questioned why the White House would even consider "tolerating" a national security adviser who was not honest with the vice president.
"This begs a lot of questions about whether those conversations between Flynn and the Russian ambassador were sanctioned by the president himself or others in the administration," said Schiff, adding that an investigation should be carried out in the House.
Schiff said he was "disappointed" that House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to commit to an investigation, calling for an "independent commission" to be formed if House Republicans will not investigate.
He also called on President Donald Trump to address these questions "directly" to the American people, not through his aides.
Rep. Conyers said Flynn's resignation "does not resolve this matter," calling for immediate hearings in the Judiciary Committee.
"What did President Trump know and when did he know it?" he asked.
Cummings blasted House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) for failing to "lift a finger" on the matter or perform "basic oversight."
"Flynn was secretly communicating with Russian officials at the same time that Russia was attacking our democracy," he said.
“Something is wrong here.” Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings calls for a public hearing with Michael Flynn. pic.twitter.com/gxDKH85T59
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