Michael Flynn may have lost his job as national security adviser, but he apparently will not face a congressional investigation of his Russian connections, The Huffington Post reported.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, announced Tuesday that the panel will not look into Flynn’s December meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn and the envoy allegedly reached an understanding that the incoming Trump administration would be much friendlier to Russia than former President Obama, who imposed economic sanctions on the country.
Chaffetz also said there will be no probe of whether Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about his conversations with representatives of the Russian government. Democrats are demanding not only an investigation of Flynn, but also an examination of whether President Trump was aware of the meeting with the ambassador.
HuffPost noted that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California said the House Intelligence Committee that he chairs will try to determine who leaked information that led to Flynn’s resignation. Trump used Twitter to slam “illegal leaks” by government whistle blowers.
“Michael Flynn served in the U.S. military for more than three decades,” Nunes wrote in a statement. “Washington, D.C., can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn ― who has always been a soldier, not a politician ― deserves America’s gratitude and respect for dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security. I thank him for his many years of distinguished service.”
According to House Speaker Paul Ryan, it was “the right thing to do” for Trump to show Flynn the door. “You cannot have a national security adviser misleading the vice president and others,” the Wisconsin Republican told reporters Tuesday morning.
Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee had called on Chaffetz to either investigate Flynn or “allow the committee to vote on conducting basic oversight going forward.” Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the panel, predicted that more revelations about Flynn’s Russian connections will soon surface.
Source: The Huffington Post