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McCain questioning WH on Flynn's 'lies' to Pence

McCain questioning WH on Flynn's 'lies' to Pence
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWe need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in GOP targets Manchin, Sinema, Kelly on Becerra The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (R-Ariz.) wants to know why former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC Trump talking to allies about 2024 run without Pence: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE.

The Arizona senator said Wednesday he is sending a list of questions to the White House to try to uncover how and why Flynn misled Pence about conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

"First we need to ask questions and get answers and then decide" what's next, McCain said, according to Politico. "We will be doing that."

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Despite renewed calls by some senators to launch investigations into the Trump administration's ties with Russia, McCain said Congress should first try to get an explanation from the White House.

"I'm worried about a situation where the Vice President of the United States is lied to by the national security adviser," McCain said. "We need to ask questions and get answers."

Flynn resigned on Monday amid revelations that he discussed sanctions against Russia with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.

Pence and other officials had previously denied that Flynn ever talked sanctions with the Russian envoy, and the vice president was reportedly angered that Flynn misled him about the conversations.

Nearly a dozen Democratic senators are calling for an independent special counsel to investigate, sending a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying that "an independent investigation is now necessary to determine what General Flynn did, who knew about it and when."