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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) released a statement following the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn does not simply close the door on a brief tenure in the Trump Administration. It heightens the urgency for a bipartisan, independent commission to fully investigate Russia’s role in our elections and its ties to the White House. The Trump campaign was replete with senior officials with ties to Vladimir Putin, beginning with Carter Page communicating with senior Russian officials, Paul Manafort accepting millions in cash for representing Russian interests in Ukraine, and candidate Trump praising Putin and urging Russian hackers to target Secretary Clinton. Furthermore, the intelligence community has produced an unassailable analysis that Russia did work to influence our national elections, including hacking of U.S. political operatives and state-sponsored propaganda in an effort to undermine our democratic process.
“It is now public knowledge that the Administration knew about General Flynn’s conversations with the Russians as far back as December 2016. According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the President knew his National Security Adviser was lying about the calls, yet there were no steps taken to remove him or investigate his ties to Russia.
“We know what we know now, not because the Administration informed the American people, but because of excellent journalism.
“Why was this information withheld?
“Who authorized Flynn’s contact with the Russian Ambassador?
“Were there policy promises made by General Flynn to the Russians while President Obama placed sanctions on Russia for interfering in our national elections?
“To whom did Flynn report the details of his conversation?
“Why did the President fail to heed the warnings raised by the Department of Justice about Flynn’s vulnerability to Russian blackmail and keep him in place?
“These unanswered questions deserve answers. There must be an independent investigation to reach the whole truth. The American people deserve to know everything on how tight Putin’s grip is on a U.S. President, and that our democracy cannot be hacked, toyed with, diminished or manipulated.
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