Several Illinois lawmakers are reacting to the resignation of President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn.
Flynn announced his resignation Monday night after it was revealed he had lied to then Vice President-elect Mike Pence about potentially illegal contact he had with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. following Trump’s nomination in November.
Flynn allegedly discussed scaling back sanctions issued by President Barack Obama’s administration, following reports that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election.
In response to the resignation, Illinois lawmakers issued the following statements:
The deeply troubling circumstances around Gen. Flynn’s resignation from his post as National Security Advisor demand a thorough investigation to uncover what President Trump knew and when he knew it. We now know that Gen. Flynn got caught red-handed lying about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian Ambassador…what we do not know is whether Gen. Flynn acted alone or if he was directed by President Trump or anyone else in the administration.
-Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th District)
In this case, the cover-up was worse than the crime…It’s arguably or questionably a crime – probably not. It was a bad decision to call Russia and talk about this in the middle of the past administration determining what sanctions are going to look like, but the big problem is when he lied to the vice president and he became a distraction to President Trump.
-Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16th District)
By reportedly misleading the Vice President-elect about his collusion with a foreign government to undermine our nation’s foreign policy, General Flynn left himself exposed to blackmail, betrayed our country’s interests and lost the trust of both the Commander in Chief and the American people…The American people deserve a full and transparent accounting of what President Trump and his top aides knew and when they knew it. If the President cannot or will not provide those answers, Congress must use its authority as a coequal branch of government to fully investigate why.
-Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois)