Republicans join renewed calls for probe after Flynn resigns
WASHINGTON — Top Senate Republicans on Tuesday joined a renewed call by Democrats on Capitol Hill for a full investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia following the resignation of National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Flynn’s departure added to growing frustration over the slow pace of the chamber’s response to Russia’s interference in the presidential election and he has not ruled out calling for a probe by a specially appointed Senate select committee or a commission.
“I think there’s probably a desire for this to happen in a quickened pace,” Corker said.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Cornyn, the Republican majority whip from Texas, said Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials before the inauguration should be part of the upcoming investigations by the chamber’s sitting committees. Cornyn and other Republicans stopped short of supporting the creation of a special panel to investigate despite a chorus of calls from Democrats.
“We have standing committees in the Senate that have all the appropriate clearances that can do the investigations,” Cornyn said.
After days of speculation, Flynn stepped down as national security adviser to President Donald Trump over reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador in December and denied the discussions to Vice President Mike Pence.
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