WASHINGTON, February 10, 2017—Representative Eliot Engel, ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is calling on Donald Trump to fire Mike Flynn if Flynn lied about discussing sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December 2016.
“It’s clear that concerns about General Flynn’s ties to Russia were well warranted. It’s unacceptable that during the transition, General Flynn discussed lifting sanctions with Russia’s ambassador,” said New York Rep. Eliot Engel Friday in a statement. “This action would be deeply troubling under any circumstances, but considering Russia’s effort to tip the election toward President Trump, the General’s actions are disqualifying.”
“And if General Flynn negotiated with Russia to change American policy, he may be in violation of the Logan Act, which bars such conduct. The President must relieve General Flynn immediately,” Engle continued.
Rep. Engel had voiced concerns as early as mid-November 2016 regarding Flynn’s appointment as National Security Advisor, questioning Flynn’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, his ties to Russia and his record of lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
“To make matters worse, the Administration has been misleading the public about this situation ever since,” said Engel Friday. “Either General Flynn lied to the Administration or the Administration lied to the American people. In any case, the Administration’s sloppy handling of such a serious issue creates a threat smack in the middle of our national security apparatus.”
In January, Rep. Engel led a group of over 50 lawmakers in support of the SECURE Our Democracy Act, which seeks to deter, expose and punish foreign interference in federal elections.
“We need to sort this mess out,” Rep. Engel ended his statement. “Congress must conduct a thorough, nonpartisan investigation into Russia’s illegal interference in our election and take steps to punish those responsible.”
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