McConnell: Flynn may be investigated by Senate Intelligence Committee
02/14/2017 03:31 PM
It is “highly likely” former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will be called before the Senate Intelligence Committee, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday, according to NPR.
Flynn resigned from his post on Monday night following reports that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States before President Trump’s inauguration. The White House is saying that Trump asked General Flynn to resign over “an eroding trust” issue.
The administration says the White House Counsel did an extensive review of the communications and they determined there was nothing illegal about them.
“Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House Counsel of the situation the White House Counsel briefed the president and a small group of senior advisors advisers,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. “The White House Counsel reviewed and determined that there’s not an illegal issue but rather a trust issue.”
In a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, McConnell told reporters that Senate Intelligence Committee is already looking into allegations that Russia interfered in the presidential election, and they could extend the probe if they wanted to.
“They can look at whatever they choose to,” he said. “With regard to White House personnel decisions it’s the president’s call everybody at the White House serves at the pleasure, he can speak for himself on that, I think it’s pretty obvious why he made the decision he did.”
The White House says that the Department of Justice notified them January 26th about the conversations General Flynn had with the Russian ambassador back in December. According to the Washington Post, the Justice Department warned the White House Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians last month.
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