In a show of bipartisanship rare in the new 115th Congress, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), the Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have jointly announced that they will thoroughly investigate “counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election” and “any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”
“Reports that the White House may have been briefed weeks ago on the nature of Gen. Flynn’s calls raise deeply troubling questions,” said Warner in his own statement. “The American people deserve to know at whose direction Gen. Flynn was acting when he made these calls, and why the White House waited until these reports were public to take action.”
Committee Chairman Burr concurred in the joint statement, which also said that testimony would be taken from senior officials in both the Obama and Trump administrations and that this includes “.. the issuance of subpoenas if necessary to compel testimony.”
“As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States,” said Burr.
And Warner was quick to point out that in no way does Flynn’s resignation eliminate the need for an ongoing investigation.
“Nothing about this resignation, or resignations that could occur in the future, precludes the Senate Intelligence Committee from continuing to investigate Gen. Flynn, or any other campaign official who may have had inappropriate and improper contacts with Russian officials prior to the election.”