Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn

February 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on the resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn from his job as National Security Advisor:

“Michael Flynn resigned overnight from a job he should never have had. With such close ties to Vladimir Putin and Russia, he should have been disqualified from any job with access to classified material. Instead, President Trump appointed him National Security Advisor, an irresponsible and dangerous decision that appears to have resulted in Flynn subverting American foreign policy.

“Flynn’s secret conversation with the Russian government regarding sanctions relief was not simply unethical—it was a potentially illegal act that undermined our national security. I demand an immediate bipartisan, bicameral briefing into the ongoing investigations of Flynn, and we need a full, bipartisan investigation that gets to the bottom of the links between the President, his Administration, and the Russians once and for all.

“The American people deserve to know when the President learned of Flynn's conversation with the Russian ambassador, and why he appointed a National Security Advisor who was willing to put the interests of Vladimir Putin ahead of those of the United States.”