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Himes: Flynn resignation highlights need for full Russia investigation

February 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser:

“The Administration is portraying Michael Flynn’s resignation purely as a result of his misleading the Vice President and therefore the end of the story, urging us to move on to other issues as quickly as possible.  But this is only the beginning. 

“It is very unlikely that Flynn acted alone in his outreach to the Russians and it is essential that we get a full accounting of all of the Administration’s ties and communications with Russia before and after the Inauguration. Flynn’s resignation, while important, represents just one more piece in the growing pile of evidence and concerns about the new Administration’s ties to Russia. All of the evidence needs to be unearthed, collected and investigated to reveal the true extent of those ties.”

“The idea that the National Security Adviser put himself in a position to be potentially blackmailed by the Russians is monumentally disturbing. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I know there are vast amounts of classified information that our adversaries want to get their hands on. When that information is put at risk, Congress must conduct a thorough investigation to find out exactly who was involved, what they knew, when they knew it, and what we can do in the future to ensure it never happens again and that there is accountability at the highest levels.”