Congresswoman Jackie Speier Pushes for House Intelligence Committee to Investigate Flynn Resignation
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Thursday sent a letter to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes calling for Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn to be brought before the Committee for questioning. The letter has been signed by seven of the Congresswoman’s Democratic colleagues on the Intelligence Committee.
“We are in a constitutional crisis, and it is the duty of Congress to conduct a full investigation before it further damages the credibility and national security of the United States. Within the past week we have seen aggressive acts with increasing frequency from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Last Friday, Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea. On Monday, the Russians deployed a cruise missile in violation of our shared treaty. Yesterday, we learned a Russian spy ship was spotted just 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut. These incidents, along with Monday night’s forced resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and yesterday’s unprecedented public warning from an active duty four-star general, are just the tip of the iceberg. And all of this is deeply connected to our Committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election,” Rep. Speier said. “Unless we take immediate action to understand the circumstances of General Flynn’s departure, as well as the content and timing of his conversations with the Russian government, we will not only be guilty of dereliction of duty, we will be complicit with the corrupting forces that may have compromised the President and his Administration. Chairman Nunes must require General Flynn to testify before the Committee.”
The Democratic Members who signed onto the letter are Reps. André Carson (IN-07), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Denny Heck (WA-10), James Himes (CT-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Terri Sewell (AL-07), and Eric Swalwell (CA-15). Click here to see a copy of the letter.