WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after General Michael Flynn resigned as the White House National Security Advisor:
“General Flynn’s resignation does not obviate the need for a broad investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 election and this administration’s opaque relationship with the Kremlin. I have significant questions about what President Trump knew about Mr. Flynn’s communications with Russia and when he knew it. I also have questions about the Trump campaign’s communication with Russian officials throughout last year’s election period.
“I welcome the work of various Senate committees to look into these issues and believe that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a crucial role to play on these issues. We also need an independent commission to investigate Russia’s interference in the election. Flynn’s resignation clearly shows a need for such a commission and I urge Republicans and Democrats to come together in support of my legislation towards that end.”
In November, Senator Cardin encouraged President-elect Trump to hire a different National Security advisor, “who can bring precision and focus to the national security threats facing the United States, not biases and baggage from the darkest corners of American political discourse.”