WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement calling on President Donald Trump to make public the transcripts of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s December phone conversations with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak:
“Last Thursday, we learned that Michael Flynn may have broken the law by discussing sanctions relief with the Russian government last December. These actions directly undercut President Obama, who was still in office at the time. They sent a clear message that the Kremlin would not be held accountable for interfering in the 2016 election. And now these actions are raising serious questions about Michael Flynn’s fitness for office.”
“It has now been four days since these reports became public. President Trump still has not commented on the behavior of one of his top aides. A month ago, Vice President Pence and White House Press Secretary assured us that General Flynn did not discuss sanctions with Russia. It turns out, they were either misinformed or they deliberately misled the American people.”
“It is time for this administration to tell the truth. Release the transcripts of Michael Flynn’s calls with the Russian ambassador. Let the American people judge his conduct for themselves. These allegations are incredibly serious and continued silence is not an acceptable option for this White House.”
U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies regularly monitor the communications of Russian diplomats in the United States. Last Thursday, the New York Times spoke with federal officials who had reviewed the transcript of Flynn’s calls.
Last Friday, Cicilline joined a growing list of lawmakers who are demanding a thorough investigation into Flynn’s conduct. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is said to be investigating former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone over their own murky connections to the Kremlin.