Rep. Thompson Says Answers Needed on Flynn, Leaks
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Howard) on Wednesday called for an investigation into the circumstances that led to the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn, who held the position for about three weeks, resigned after admitting he misled Vice President Mike Pence about phone calls with a Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December. Flynn and Kislyak reportedly discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia issued under the Obama administration late last year for hacking that took place during the general election.
Multiple reports have indicated that the White House was informed by the Department of Justice in late January that Flynn and Kislyak had discussed the sanctions.
"While the President is certainly entitled to hire and dismiss advisors as he sees fit, the resignation of General Michael Flynn raises many questions that I believe warrant investigation and oversight from the legislative branch," Thompson said in a statement.
House and Senate Republican leadership have said that ongoing investigations into Russia's influence on the U.S. election could investigate the Flynn matter, but said they would not initiate a new investigation.
The Congressman, whose 5th District includes Centre County, said he wants to know both the content of the phone call between Flynn and Kislyak, as well as why the information that led to the disclosure of the call was leaked by members of U.S. intelligence agencies.
“With regard to reports that General Flynn had contact with the Russian Ambassador following the election, I believe the content of the phone call is important and warrants further inquiry," Thompson said. "Also, I believe it is imperative to determine why individuals within the intelligence community would risk career, reputation, and possibly imprisonment to leak this information.
Thompson said he expects House and Senate committee investigations to address the motivation for the leaks.
“I will not further speculate as to whether these actions were politically motivated or an effort to expose wrongdoing, that should be left up to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to address during their investigations,” he said.