GOP lawmakers called for a special investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election after hearing the President’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others spoke out against the alleged effort.
In a letter sent Tuesday to top GOP lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged investigators to look into the allegations that Flynn and other top White House officials discussed sanctions with Russia in the weeks before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the New York Times reported.
“As you know, the President has repeatedly stated that he has no idea who ordered Russia’s interference in our election,” Ryan and McConnell wrote in a letter.
“We ask that you work expeditiously to establish the truth of these allegations and hold Russia accountable for their actions.”
Flynn has said he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions and that he was unaware that the discussions involved sanctions.
Trump Jr. has said the discussions were not about sanctions.
Flynn’s resignation came on the same day that a top aide to Trump released emails from the campaign’s now-defunct research firm that were obtained by The Washington Post.