Congresswoman Jackie Speier Releases Statement Regarding the Resignation of Michael Flynn
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Service’s Military Personnel Subcommittee, on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the resignation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.
“The resignation of Michael Flynn is just the tip of the iceberg, which fails to answer key questions about the competence of the national security leadership in the White House. The American public deserves to know why Flynn wasn’t removed weeks ago, when Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director James Comey warned the White House that Flynn had been compromised and was a prime target for Russian blackmail. Why wasn’t the President concerned that his top security advisor was vulnerable to Russian President Vladimir Putin? Why would the President continue to involve Flynn in highly sensitive discussions of national security matters? Are we to believe President Trump when he claimed to be unaware of the Flynn controversy as late as this past weekend? If so, it begs the question of who in the White House made the decision not to inform the President about the warnings from the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
“General Flynn wrote in his resignation letter, ‘Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.’ I’m inclined to believe him. I fear he colluded with the Russian government, not as a rogue agent, but with the complete knowledge and cooperation of the President..”
“Finally, we must also understand what triggered Flynn’s resignation in the dead of night. Was it because he broke the law and inappropriately conducted foreign policy conversations as a private citizen, or was it because the President was forced to accept that one of his inner circle lied to the Vice President? The President’s claim this morning that Flynn’s resignation was triggered by ‘illegal leaks’ is a transparent attempt to distract the public from the real issues; if he is so worried about leaks, he might consider conducting security operations in secure facilities, not in public dining rooms. We must now attempt to repair the damage Flynn has done to our national security efforts, and to finally get to the bottom of just how much control Putin holds over President Trump and his lackeys.”