Drama is expanding on Capitol Hill over current and potential examinations concerning Russia’s affirmed obstruction in last year’s election and the pre-inauguration contacts between President Donald Trump’s national security counsel and Russia’s ambassador.
Toward the finish of seven days of new disclosures and an acquiescence, FBI Director James Comey held a shut entryway meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday.
No member entering or leaving the evening preparation would say what the meeting was in regards to or whether it was asked for by the senators or the FBI.
It was an instance of stunning hush from members who developed declining to try and recognize that a meeting was going on — despite the fact that journalists saw Comey go into the same room as the senators. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio sent out a tweet that implied at Russia:
I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 17, 2017
The bustling week started with the resignation of Trump’s national security counsel, resigned Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, over telephone calls with Russia’s diplomat to the United States, communications that allegedly included discourses of sanctions leveled against the Russia during the Obama administration.
It finished with a few advisory groups in Congress, some of which were at that point investigating claimed Russian cyber assaults and obstruction in the U.S. election, either expanding their scope or contemplating over new request.
Be that as it may, not each advisory group is made equivalent. A few boards of trustees have greater specialist on the issue and some have more incentive to investigate.
Along these lines, in the midst of the whirlwind of examinations and calls for examinations, here’s a breakdown of how Congress is responding to Flynn and Russia.
Senate Intelligence Committee
The Senate Intelligence Committee has the most firm and robust of an investigation
going so far, with both the Republican chairman and the Democratic positioning member similarly minded about its purpose and scope.
The council opened their test toward the beginning of January into claimed Russian obstruction in U.S. election. At the time, the board of trustees said that piece of the examination would incorporate any contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Committee members have recognized that the debate encompassing Flynn’s move contacts would be a characteristic expansion of the investigation.
Sen. Stamp Warner, D-Virginia, and positioning member from the panel, has said he needs Flynn to affirm before the board, a move that Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the top Republican, said could happen “in the long run.”
Both members have said they might want to see the transcripts of the calls amongst Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The House Intelligence Committee
The House Intelligence Committee is less bullish about its investigation than its counterpart in the Senate.
While it is investigating Russian obstruction in the election, Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is a nearby partner of Trump’s and has been lukewarm about a forceful test into Flynn. Nunes said that the continuous investigation could be extended to incorporate Flynn in the event that “everything falls under the umbrella.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is suspicious of House Republican responsibility to investigate.
“They are stonewalling this,” Pelosi said. “The speaker is stating it’s up to the Intelligence Committee — the executive of the Intelligence Committee is stating don’t look at me, I’m not doing any of this. the American individuals deserve better.”
Like President Trump, congressional Republicans have expressed worries about the leaks of intelligence to the media in regards to Flynn and his telephone call with Kislyak. While Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has said that the members who leak “have a place in prison,” he has not yet dedicated to investigating them.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, in any case, said the House Intelligence Committee ought to investigate it.
“What I do stress over, however, is if classified information is being leaked. That is criminal,” Ryan said. Thus I think there ought to be an investigation as to the leaks of
information leaving, wherever they’re coming from.”
Trump has concentrated on the leaks, saying that the leaks are more outrageous than the Flynn contention.
The top Republicans of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the Department of Justice controller general with respect to “potential inadequate protection of classified information.”
“We ask for that your office start immediate investigation concerning whether classified information was mishandled here,” the letter said.
What’s more, the Senate Intelligence Committee is hesitant to open a test into leaks. Burr said that leaking ought to investigating by the FBI in view of the criminal part to it, including that the Intelligence board of trustees doesn’t have proprietorial authority.
Russian Payment to Flynn
In the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Democrat Elijah Cummings sent a joint letter to the Department of Defense getting some information about payments Flynn got from the Russian government for a trip in 2015.
“We are endeavoring to decide the amount Lieutenant General Flynn got for his appearance, the source of the financing, and whether he may have gotten payments from some other foreign sources for additional engagements,” they wrote.