Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement today regarding President Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn:

“President Trump’s deceitful and likely traitorous National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should be fired, and at the very least, his access to classified information should be suspended immediately until a thorough investigation of his unauthorized diplomacy with Russia is completed.

The intelligence community has already concluded that Russia engaged, at a minimum, in cyber-espionage to sway the outcome of our presidential election in a successful effort to aide Donald Trump's campaign. Subsequently, President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia. It now appears that Mr. Flynn discussed these sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and may have suggested that they could be lifted once the then President-elect Trump assumed office.

It is also being reported that Mr. Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials about his interactions with Russia, and that Flynn has apologized for misleading the Vice President. It is difficult to comprehend that the National Security Advisor could lie to the Vice President of the United States and still hold onto this most sensitive of positions, requiring absolute trust.

If true, these communications may violate the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from communicating with foreign countries with the intent to affect or undermine U.S. policy. These activities, at the very least, show a gross lack of judgment by Mr. Flynn.

However, since we still have no idea how financially entangled our new president is to the Kremlin -- due to Trump’s refusal to turn over his tax records – these communications could reflect more traitorous behavior. Therefore, Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, the White House, and now America’s national security, all deserve an immediate and thorough public investigation.”

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