Raja Calls for General Michael Flynn and White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II to Testify Before the House Oversight Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, released the following statement in response to a New York Times report that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn informed the Trump transition team, led by Vice President Mike Pence, that General Flynn was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid agent for Turkey:
“Last night’s disturbing revelation of the White House and Trump transition team’s knowledge of General Michael Flynn’s secret, compromising foreign entanglements prior to his arrival at the White House raises more questions than it answers. As a member of the House Oversight Committee, I’m calling for public hearings on this matter and the sworn testimony of Michael Flynn, but our committee’s investigation must not end there. We must also hear from White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II.
Our committee has already viewed classified documents which Chairman Chaffetz rightfully characterized as providing ‘no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law’ in reporting huge payments he received on behalf of foreign governments. Despite requests from the Oversight Committee's Chairman and Ranking Member, the White House has failed to provide any documentation of the vetting of Michael Flynn. Press Secretary Sean Spicer even claimed that the White House could not provide the material in question.
Through its report last night, the New York Times provided its readers with information the Trump Administration refused to provide to the Oversight Committee. The White House must deliver the documents the committee requested or be subpoenaed by the committee to do.
Per the New York Times, Flynn informed the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, on January 4th that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid agent for Turkey during the campaign. Furthermore, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has already testified that she informed Mr. McGahn that General Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail by the Russian government. General Flynn’s disturbing ties to the Russian and Turkish governments should have thrown his fitness to serve as National Security Advisor into serious doubt, if they did not disqualify him outright. The public deserves to know why Mr. McGahn allowed General Flynn to become National Security Advisor despite these serious issues.
Vice President Pence has maintained that until they became public, he had no knowledge of Michael Flynn’s foreign entanglements, despite a November 18, 2016 letter of warning from Ranking Member Cummings. Last night’s report clearly presents the question of what Mr. McGahn told Vice President Pence about Flynn’s vetting during the campaign and, if he omitted General Flynn’s foreign ties, why he did so.
The questions offered by this new report and months of investigation are about fundamental matters of our security as a nation. Based on the information available to us today, and to the Trump transition team in January 2017, General Flynn should have been disqualified from consideration for the position of National Security Advisor.
To address these questions, we must have all the facts. That is why I’m calling for the testimony not only of Michael Flynn but also of White House Counsel McGahn.”