McConnell Says It’s ‘Highly Likely’ Senate Intel Committee Will Probe Flynn

AP

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday that it is “highly likely” that the Senate Intelligence Committee will investigate former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s call with a Russian ambassador.

“The Intelligence Committee is already looking at Russian involvement in our election. Sen. Blunt has indicated that it’s highly likely they’d want to take a look at this episode as well,” McConnell told reporters.

Flynn resigned late Monday, days after reports revealed that he discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. This contradicted members of Trump’s administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, who previously denied that Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke about sanctions.

McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee can “look at whatever they choose to.”

“The Intelligence Committee is already looking at Russian involvement in our election,” he said. “They have broad jurisdiction over the intel community writ large.”

Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

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