McCollum Statement on Misconduct Allegations Against National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

Feb 13, 2017 Issues: Defense and National Security

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement about President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn:

“In December, President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for its attacks on our democracy during the 2016 presidential election. It has now been publicly reported that President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn communicated with Russian officials about those sanctions and may have suggested sanctions could be lifted once Mr. Trump took office.

“Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials breached protocol, demonstrated very poor judgment, and may have violated federal law. According to numerous media reports, federal authorities are investigating Mr. Flynn. In addition, Mr. Flynn appears to have misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about his contacts with the Russians.

“When he was the host of ‘The Apprentice,’ Mr. Trump fired people for far less than what Mr. Flynn has done in this case. At the very least, Mr. Flynn should be immediately suspended and his access to classified information revoked pending the outcome of the federal investigation into his activities.”