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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Flynn Matter Shows Trump Cares More about Personal Image than National Security


May 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), released the following statement in response to yesterday’s Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign:

On January 26, Donald Trump learned that his National Security Advisor, Former General Michael Flynn, had indeed talked to the Russian Ambassador about sanctions against Russia.  Since Flynn had previously lied about these conversations to the administration and the American people, Russia could have blackmailed him by threatening to publish the transcripts or tapes of the phone calls. Yet Trump retained Flynn as his National Security Advisor knowing that he was subject to Russian blackmail and we have every reason to believe that Flynn would have continued to hold his job had additional events not transpired.

On February 9, the Washington Post reported that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian Ambassador, contrary to his repeated statements.  Only after the Administration was embarrassed, was Flynn fired.Trump was happy to have a National Security Advisor who was potentially subject to Russian blackmail and had lied to the American people.  For Trump, the unforgivable sin was embarrassing the Administration, and that did not occur until on February 9th.

Trump did not attack Flynn for lying, but he did attack the Washington Post for telling the truth.”