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Congressman Richard Neal

Representing the 1st District of Massachusetts

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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON THE RESIGNATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN

February 14, 2017
Press Release
Calls for an expanded independent and bipartisan investigation into Trump administration’s ties to Russia

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today following the resignation of President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn.

“The fact that President Trump’s national security advisor was having secret discussions with a Russian diplomat about American sanctions weeks before the presidential inauguration is deeply troubling. Even more disturbing is today’s disclosure  that the Justice Department warned the White House about General Flynn’s possibly illegal behavior and nothing was done about it. I believe the American people need to know the full extent of the relationship between the Trump administration and the Russian government. And President Trump must finally release his tax returns so the public can learn whether he has any financial or business interest with Russia. After the Kremlin put the integrity of our electoral system at risk with their cyber-attacks, I called for an independent and bipartisan investigation into their involvement in the 2016 election. That act was nothing less than a direct assault on our democracy by a foreign government. Following General Flynn’s resignation, the probe should now be expanded to include the Trump administration’s ties with Vladimir Putin and Russia. Quite simply, our national security is at stake,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.