GOP Sen. On Intel Committee: What Did Flynn Know? What Did He Do?

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A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the committee should ask former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn details about his exchanges with Russia.

“I think everybody needs that investigation to happen,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told KTRS radio, in an interview flagged by CNN.

The chair and ranking Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), respectively, announced in January that the committee would investigate, among other things, “any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”

“The Senate Intelligence Committee, again that I serve on, has been given the principal responsibility to look into this, and I think that we should look into it exhaustively so that at the end of this process, nobody wonders whether there was a stone left unturned, and shouldn’t reach conclusions before you have the information that you need to have to make those conclusions,” Blunt said Tuesday. “But the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking at this.”

“I would think that we should talk to Gen. Flynn very soon and that should answer a lot of questions,” he continued. “What did he know? What did he do? And is there any reason to believe that anybody else knew that and didn’t take the kind of action they should have taken?”

“For all of us, finding out if there’s a problem or not, sooner rather than later, is the right thing to do,” he added later.

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, chaired by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and with ranking member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced in February that it would investigate alleged election hacking by Russian intelligence agencies, including in the recent U.S. election.

In the interview Tuesday, Blunt said he expected the White House would face other staffing shake-ups.

“This is sort of the first change, and it won’t be the last change this year, either, I wouldn’t think, he said.

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