Congressman Danny K. Davis's Statement on the resignation of President Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn


February 15, 2017

The Trump administration was rocked by yet another scandal late Monday night when National Security Advisor Michael Flynn abruptly resigned his post after only 24 days on the job.  The buzzards had been circling for several days as President Trump first denied any knowledge of the scandal, then ignored questions about Flynn and finally in a stunning attempt to alter reality to fit his personal narrative tweeted:

Donald J. Trump  @realDonaldTrump

The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?

8:28 AM - 14 Feb 2017

The President’s tweet, comes on the heels of his reckless performance Saturday night holding a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe to discussing a response to the North Korean missile test in a club dining room packed with guests snapping photos and posting them on Facebook including some which were quickly taken down due to apparent national security concerns. His Saturday night performance rivals anything SNL TV could have done as satire.  Turning the dining room into a situation room, albeit without any privacy, let alone security, raises further questions about the President’s judgement making the tweet seem all the more remarkable.

Flynn was reported to have lied to Vice President Pence about his discussions with Sergey I. Kislyak the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. regarding sanctions imposed by President Obama.  Lying to the Vice President is a serious offence to be sure.  But it raises a host of even more serious questions.  Flynn, who previously held the position of Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, presumably knew that all such conversations would be transcribed by both the U.S. and Russians.  Now the question arises: was there any deal making going on regarding the sanctions?  What is the connection between the conversation and President Trump’s repeated urging of Russian hacking during the election and his applause for the Wikileaks releases during the election, and the President’s repeated calls for more cooperation with Russia and his defense of President Putin as a leader.

Flynn’s advocacy of a new Russian American detente comes on the heels of reports of his appearance on Russian TV with Russian President Putin and his receipt of a significant honorarium for the appearance.  He justified his calls for cooperation with Russia in light of the need to fight ISIS while escalating calls for confrontation with Iran whose assistance in fighting ISIS would be no less significant.  Flynn had a remarkably similar flip-flop on relations with Turkey which turned from confrontation to close cooperation following his receipt of a consulting contract lobbying for Turkish interests.

Flynn is now a private citizen and he should be subpoenaed to appear before the appropriate House and Senate committees and required to testify under oath.  His testimony should be tested against the transcripts of the conversation with Russian Ambassador.  Was he acting with the knowledge of the President?  What direction did he get from the President on relations with Russia?  What were the interactions of the Trump campaign and representatives/agents of the Russian government?  When was the President informed of the conversation with the Ambassador?