Trey Gowdy ‘Champing at Bit’ to Investigate Flynn Russia Contacts

Gowdy: 'Must do it'

Gowdy: ‘Must do it’

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the former prosecutor who led the investigation into the Benghazi attacks when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, says he is ready to “pull out all the stops” to learn whether laws were broken when National Security Advisor Michael Flynn held talks with Russia about lifting sanctions while Barack Obama was still president.

“If the contacts were in fact about the lifting of sanctions, then that would be a clear violation of U.S. law and appropriate steps would have to be taken,” says Gowdy, who earned a reputation in Congress for his tough prosecutorial approach when he led the special committee on what Hillary Clinton knew and didn’t know about the raid on the U.S. embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

Flynn: Ilegal contact?

Flynn: Illegal contact?

Gowdy said he’s been in contact with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and they’re in agreement that Congress must get to the bottom of this potential violation of the law. “What the Speaker told me was, he will make every resource available to me to make sure I conduct a thorough and fair investigation into this very serious matter,” he says.

Pence: Treason?

VP Mike Pence: Treason?

According to reports, Flynn, then an advisor to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, had a series of contacts with the Russian government “at the highest levels” to work out what Trump would do to remove sanctions the United States imposed on Russia in retaliation for its meddling in the U.S. elections. Such contacts, if verified, would amount to unprecedented collusion between a U.S. citizen and a foreign power and could result in Flynn being prosecuted under what’s known as the Logan Act, which make such collusion against the law.

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Republican members of Congress were quick to praise Gowdy for stepping up to lead an investigation into Pence and Flynn despite the damage such an investigation will do to Republicans. “It just shows that what we care about is the United States and not just Republicans,” says Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). “If we have to indict one of our own for treason, we will. It will hurt, but we’ll do it.”

In other news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he was wrong to block the Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, the new attorney General, former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), says he will make civil liberties, gay rights, marijuana legalization, and women’s right to choose his priorities, and President Donald Trump says he will step down because he realizes three weeks into his presidency that he lacks the temperament for so important a job.

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