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.

Nick Storm

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  • viewer wrote on February 14, 2017 08:49 PM :

    Good evening, my Kentucky politico family. I hope everyone is wintering well. It has been a mild winter, to say the least.

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    In the morning, February 15th, 2017, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan will be on Morning Joe, on MSNBC. I would say that everyone reading this post knows and frequently watches Morning Joe. In the morning, with Mitch McConnell coming on to discuss the recent developments of highly classified intelligence, pertaining to the United States and Russia’s relations, it is going to be highly viewed, not only by those of us who follow politics but by foreign friends and foe alike. I hope Sen. McConnell understands every word he speaks in the morning will be analyzed by not only America’s national media but by foreign adversaries looking to do bad things to our country and our interests abroad.

    I’m not going to get into the weeds here, but I will say one thing that is deadly serious.

    Many have kept their mouths shut, and rightfully so, the last 8 years of the Obama administration. There were many times where I would have loved to come on here and told the world the bad decisions the Obama administration was making that were not in our country’s best interests. The people who I know, in this field, both democrat and republicans alike, saw early on, in the Obama administration, that their ideology was going to put our country and our allies across the globe in one hell of a bind. I had a friend who was a democrat, came in under Jimmy Carter’s administration, who told me these people don’t have a clue about what they are doing. This was at the beginning of 2011. I never said a word. That sentiment ran and is still running today, in the circles of the people who defend our national interests.

    The leaks coming out of Washington have to stop immediately. The three hours, on Morning Joe, is not where we should debate our national defense and interests. This is what is being allowed to play out. Those tweets and when those cell phones bling, those are coming from the intelligence community putting stuff out live that doesn’t need to be put out there, not only for the general public’s knowledge but certainly not for those people who are trying to destroy us. Those people behind those texts and talking points are federal bureaucrats and know better than what they are doing.

    We have 2.7 million federal employees in Washington D.C. today. That needs to be reduced to under 2 million. These career bureaucrats have taken over control of our government, which is exactly the democrat playbook. It happened here in Kentucky too. You want a job. You have to work for the government. These bureaucrats know how tough it is to find a job. They are not scared of President Trump hurting Americans. They are scared of losing their jobs. So, to protect their jobs, they think it is good to put our country in danger. That is what is going on here, friends. We are watching this play out every weekday from 6am to 9am on MSNBC. I cannot tell you how dangerous this is.

    To Mitch McConnell: There needs to be a full investigation of who leaked these transcripts. If it was James Clapper, Susan Rice, or whoever; they need to be brought up on federal charges. One of these leakers, whether it be Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden types; needs to be hung so the next federal employee understands there are consequences.

    To Sen. Rand Paul: Sen. Paul, you and Sen. Diane Feinstein like to play the media up on your intelligence issues. Now, when you have a sitting senator who runs off at the mouth to the media and on the Senate floor, wherever Tom, Dick and Harry, friends and foe alike, can hear you; it gives a false impression to every other federal employee that they can do the same. What you politicians need to begin to understand is these are dangerous games you all are playing, and I hold you just as responsible as I do Sen. Feinstein. We might need some iron fists to get some of these loose lips back in order. That includes some of our republican elected officials and speakers.

    Friends, Washington is a mess. These members of Congress have spent years and years focused on and writing legislation that would allow them to accumulate wealth for themselves and their friends. This has made our country vulnerable, while our elected officials have been ignoring and allowing our country’s problems to pile up. With the lack of country first and these politicians trying to get media sound bytes for their base, we are going to have to have a group of 20 or so break off and try to lead the middle, in order to get this country back on the right footing. Both bases, the progressive left and the far right, are not doing this country any favors. The viewer.

  • Heza Putz wrote on February 14, 2017 10:25 PM :

    It’s obvious that Democrats (and more than a few Republicans like John “Crash” McCain)would love to weave a narrative of Trump campaign collusion with Russia to set the stage for impeachment. That will take some time. We’ll see. But here’s what is absolute fact RIGHT NOW….someone in the government ILLEGALLY LEAKED highly classified information to the press and that must be addressed right now. If not, then we’ll know that unelected bureaucrats are running the show with impunity.

  • Bill Adkins wrote on February 15, 2017 06:49 AM :

    Flynnghazi. Flynn’s activities demand appointment of an independent counsel to investigate. America security is far too important to trust to a partisan committee more intent upon protecting the Trump administration

  • Geoff Young wrote on February 15, 2017 08:56 AM :

    If Mitch McConnell or Andy Barr says anything about Russia or foreign policy in general, it’s almost certainly a lie. They’re both ignorant, bloodthirsty neocons who love war & hate peace.

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