Collins: I Will Ask That Flynn Testify Before Senate Intel Committee

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn should testify before the committee about the nature of his communications with Russian officials.

“I am going to request, and many of the members will, that we call Mike Flynn to testify,” Sen. Susan Collins said during an interview with Maine Public Radio on Wednesday, flagged by The Hill. “We’re not going to exclude anyone from our review, and it will be thorough, accurate, bipartisan and in-depth.”

In January, the chair and vice chair of the Intelligence Committee announced that it would investigate “the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States.”

And since Flynn resigned from his position in the Trump administration, following revelations that he had misrepresented the nature of a pre-inaugural call with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, multiple Senate Republicans have called to include him in the committee’s investigation.

The day after Flynn’s resignation, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said he thought “that we should talk to Gen. Flynn very soon and that should answer a lot of questions.”

“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?” Blunt asked, during an interview with KTRS radio.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the same day that it was “highly likely” that the committee would include Flynn in their inquiry.

Later in the week, FBI Director James Comey met with the committee in an unannounced, closed-door meeting.

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