Langevin Statement on Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Lying to the FBI

Dec 1, 2017 Issues: Cybersecurity

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael T. Flynn, pleading guilty to lying to the FBI:

“I am deeply disturbed that President Trump’s senior-most advisor on national security issues lied to the FBI. Michael Flynn was entrusted with guiding policies integral to the defense of our nation, and it is clear he violated that trust. Equally worrying, he lied about contacts with Russian officials in the lead up to the inauguration, contacts that rightfully raise questions about the Trump campaign, transition, and Administration’s cozy relationship with a country that has actively sought to undermine our democracy. This development only further reinforces my concerns about the President’s judgment, and I am worried that his hiring decisions, his policies, and his tweets are compromising our security and our position as a global leader.

“Today’s charges, coming just one month after the indictments of Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, are further validation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. That investigation must be allowed to continue, free of political interference of any kind, in order to help restore faith in our institutions and demonstrate again that no one is above the law.”