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Waters on Flynn Resignation: ‘It’s Only the Tip of the Iceberg’

February 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters issued the following statement in response to the resignation of General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor:


“Michael Flynn’s resignation last night is just the tip of the iceberg for an Administration careening toward disaster.  What is most concerning about the resignation is that it appears the Trump Administration was either unaware that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, or that the President only removed Flynn after the Administration was caught in yet another lie.  What we do know now is that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates did warn the Trump Administration that Flynn may have been compromised and may be susceptible to blackmail by Russian operatives.


“Michael Flynn’s resignation only adds to many unanswered questions about the Trump Administration’s connection to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.  Why did the Trump Administration ignore Sally Yates’ warnings and appoint Flynn to the sensitive and vital position of National Security Advisor? Was Flynn acting on Trump’s orders when he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador?   What is the extent of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s relationship with the Kremlin and the Ukraine?  How much did Manafort and Flynn know about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the Russian cyberattacks?  How much did President Trump himself know, and how much did his campaign staff and other associates know? 


“It is because of these unanswered questions that I am pushing legislation, H.Con.Res. 15, demanding a thorough investigation of any collusion between President Trump, his associates, and the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.


“I believe the answers to these critical questions could lead to revelations that would be grounds for impeachment.”