Pelosi: Flynn should be suspended

Pelosi: Flynn should be suspended
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for national security advisor Michael Flynn to be suspended and for his intelligence clearance to be revoked until U.S. officials fully review his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.

“The President and his National Security Advisor have given the Russians the impression that whatever they do, they are not to worry, because the Trump White House will not stand against their aggression,” Pelosi said in a statement on Saturday.

“General Flynn should be suspended and have his intelligence clearance revoked until the facts are known about his secret contacts with the Russians," she said.

Pelosi’s comments came two days after The Washington Post reported that Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. The conversations, which happened in the month before Trump took office, have reportedly been part of an FBI review of intercepted communications.

While the communications are still being examined by the FBI, officials told the Post there was not yet any evidence that Flynn explicitly promised Kislyak that the Trump administration would review or consider lifting sanctions put in place by former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWhite House appears to inflate job creation stats on first 100 days site Rick Perry: Trump should ‘renegotiate’ Paris climate pact Earnest: Obama won't be Democratic Party's next leader MORE in December.

Pelosi also called on the FBI to further investigation Trump’s relationship with the Kremlin, and urged Congress to launch an “outside commission” to examine the ties.

“President Trump’s kowtowing to Vladimir Putin is endangering our national security and emboldening a dangerous tyrant,” Pelosi said. “What do the Russians have on President Trump that he would flirt with lifting sanctions and weakening NATO?”

The top Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday called on Trump to remove Flynn from his role, if the national security advisor did, in fact, discuss sanctions with Kislyak.

"This action would be deeply troubling under any circumstances, but considering Russia’s effort to tip the election toward President Trump, the General’s actions are disqualifying,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

“If he did so, and then he and other Administration officials misled the American people, his conduct would be all the more pernicious, and he should no longer serve in this Administration or any other,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record Kaine, Schiff press Trump on legal justification for Syria strike Schiff to Trump: Taxpayers will 'bear the brunt of your broken promises' MORE (D-Calif.) said.