Democrats condemn Chaffetz for refusal to probe Flynn
In Chaffetz’s world, it’s “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” if you are a Republican or a GOP appointee. Keep in mind: this happened hours before Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee ripped into Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Monday for ignoring their requests to investigate White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia.
In a letter to Chaffetz, the committee’s Democrats called on him to reconsider his decision to pass on probing whether Flynn had inappropriate contact with Russia. The request comes in the midst of reports that Flynn discussed sanctions imposed by President Obama with the Russian ambassador during the transition and then and then allegedly misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the panel’s ranking Democrat, had also called on Chaffetz to investigate Flynn’s appearance at an event celebrating the Kremlin-aligned outlet RT with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015, along with whether he potentially violated federal law and deceived members of the Trump administration after speaking with the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions put in place to respond to election interference.
“If you are not willing to initiate this investigation or make these request, then we ask that you not prevent us from calling put his matter at the next business meeting so we may request a vote on this and other proposals going forward on this matter,” the committee Democrats wrote in the letter.