‘A Lot of Smoke Here’: Democratic Rep. Sounds the Alarm on Michael Flynn
House Oversight Committee Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi called for “an independent, 9/11 style commission” into ties between members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia on CNN, Tuesday.
Following a classified meeting with the committee, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) announced to reporters that Trump’s former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn did not properly disclose payments from Russia.
The committee reviewed documents pertaining to Flynn’s application for security clearance, in which he did not disclose a $45,000 payment for a speech gave to television network RT during a trip to Russia.
After Cummings described their findings as “extremely troubling”, Chaffetz told reporters he saw “no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law.”
Krishnamoorthi told Kirsten Powers that while he was satisfied with the progress being made by the committee, “it’s extremely disturbing what we saw this morning,” and “there are more questions now than answers at this point.”
When asked if Flynn broke the law, Krishnamoorthi responded, “I can’t say. What we see is that there’s a lot of smoke here.”
“We need an independent investigation ASAP,” Krishnamoorthi said. “I’ve called for an independent, 9/11 style commission, and the facts this morning that I saw in those documents, the classified documents, points to an ever growing need for this.”
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