On Monday, February 13th, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned over the revelation that he had misled Vice President Pence and other officials about his past communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States. It was during these conversations, prior to Trump's inauguration, that Flynn reportedly discussed the sanctions Obama was planning as punishment to Russian for interfering with the US Presidential election. Soon after the inauguration, the Justice Department informed the Trump Administration that Flynn may be at risk for blackmail by the Russian government.

Flynn's admission that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with the ambassador is especially troubling given the Trump administration's other alleged ties to the Kremlin. It is also unclear if Flynn acted alone in his collusion with Russian officials or if he was directed by another party within the Trump Administration, or even Trump himself. Senate Republicans, including Majority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Intelligence Committee member Roy Blunt, and Lindsey Graham, have joined Senate Democrats in demanding a full investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russia. The people deserve to know the extent and nature of the Trump administration's connections to the Russian government, to preserve our national security and the integrity of our democracy.

Senator Brian Schatz (808) 523-2061 or (202) 224-3934
Senator Mazie Hirono (808) 522-8970 or (202) 224-6361

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