Elizabeth Warren Wants Congress to Investigate the Administration's 'Disturbing Ties to Russia'
"This. Is. Not. Normal."
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On Tuesday, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren joined the growing list of DC Democrats calling for a large-scale investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia following national security advisor Michael Flynn's recent scandal, Politico reports.
"His removal is a win for American values," Elizabeth Warren wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday, "but American national security demands that we not allow Michael Flynn to become a scapegoat for this Admin's disturbing ties to Russia."
Flynn resigned from his position Monday evening after it was revealed that he lied about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn reportedly discussed Russian sanctions with the ambassador during calls in December, and then "inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador," according to his resignation letter.
From the cyberattacks said to be perpetrated by Russia to skew the election in Trump's favor, to secretary of state Rex Tillerson's "close ties to Putin," Warren was clear that the government needs to launch a congressional inquiry to find the truth behind Russia's connections with the new administration.
"Congress must pull its head out of the sand and launch a real, bipartisan, transparent inquiry into Russia," she continued. "Our natl security is at stake."
A broad investigation would fall to the intelligence community, but Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday he was only interested in investigating how details of Flynn's call with Kislyak were leaked. His statements follow Trump's response to the whole scandal, saying the "real story" was actually about "illegal" White House leaks.