Posted: 1:03 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
Hours after the resignation of President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Democrats in Congress demanded a broader investigation of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, as well as the actions of the Trump Administration, accusing Republicans of conducting “no oversight of President Trump.”
“Do you hear the silence?” asked Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at a news conference with fellow Democrats.
“That is the sound of House Republicans conducting no oversight of President Trump.”
“We need to determine what the president knew and when he knew it,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA).
While many Republicans said in interviews that Flynn was right to resign, not many showed the same appetite as Democrats for a public review of his links to Moscow.
Asked if his House Oversight Committee – which pursued Hillary Clinton on a number of fronts in recent years – should get involved in any probe of Flynn, panel chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said, no.
Rep Jason Chaffetz R-UT tells reporters there's no need to further probe Flynn. "It’s taking care of itself"
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“It’s taking care of itself at this point,” Chaffetz told reporters several times.
“Would that have been your attitude if Clinton was elected?” one reporter asked as Chaffetz hopped on an elevator in the Capitol.
Other Republicans were also cool to the idea of pursuing Flynn.
“I don’t know enough details right now to know whether we should have a hearing on this,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
Others – including President Trump – were worried about what had been leaked about Flynn.
“This stuff was learned through press reports – and that’s concerning, because it means there’s also leaks from the Intelligence Community,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who told reporters that he was not ready to call for any testimony from Flynn as yet.
At the White House, officials pointed the finger of blame squarely at Flynn, while acknowledging that Mr. Trump had been told several weeks ago that there were questions regarding one of his top aides.
“The level of trust between the President and Gen. Flynn eroded to a point where he felt he had to make a change,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
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“The President decided to ask for his resignation; and he got it,” Spicer added.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.