Congressional Republicans Tuesday pushed back on calls for an independent probe into the chain of events that led to Michael Flynn's stunning late-night resignation as National Security Adviser.
Flynn's departure Monday night followed revelations that he had misled senior administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the substance of his pre-inauguration conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and that the Justice Department had informed the White House that he could be subject to blackmail from Russia.
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Congressional Democrats want a broader probe into the matter, while Republicans were insisting that the Senate was already equipped to examine the complete account of his departure.
"We have standing committees in the Senate that have all the appropriate clearances to do the investigations," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate. "We'll follow the investigation wherever it leads."
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are demanding more answers and a more complete account about what the White House knew about those conversations and when - but the scope and breadth of their desired inquiries differ.
The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee had already opened separate investigations into Russia's interference in the U.S. election — and the Senate investigation could become much broader, members say, if the facts call for it.
"I'd like to know, did he just do this as a rogue, General Flynn just decided to call the Russians up one day and say we're gonna have a different view on sanctions don't worry about it, or did it come from somebody else in the White House?" said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.