Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to President Donald John Trump, plead guilty to lying to the FBI about communications with the Russian government:
“Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has admitted to contacting the Russian Government, under instruction from President Trump’s transition team, and then lying about it to the FBI. Even though today’s guilty plea was not unexpected, it is still an outrageous and shameful admission of purposefully misleading the American people.
“This is just the latest step in uncovering the degree to which the Trump Administration colluded with the Russian government. The fact that Michael Flynn is the fourth Trump campaign official to be charged in connection with Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation is profoundly telling.
“Congress must take every step necessary to ensure that this independent investigation proceeds without interference from the Trump White House. We need answers, not misinformation.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.