President Donald Trump isn't the only government figure to discover the power of social media for communication of high-level policy suggestions, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took to Twitter Saturday to demand National Security Adviser Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn be suspended "until the facts are known about his secret contacts with the Russians."
General Flynn should be suspended and have his intelligence clearance revoked. https://t.co/gflLx8W7DG— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1486854739.0
Pelosi's tweet links to a statement she released Saturday calling for a general investigation into Trump's ties with Russia, which she says weaken U.S. national security efforts and embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin, who she calls a "dangerous tyrant." The statement was released "after it was reported that U.S. investigators [had] corroborated some of the communications detailed in the 35-page dossier describing Russia’s grip on President Trump."
“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. General Flynn should be suspended and have his intelligence clearance revoked until the facts are known about his secret contacts with the Russians.
The statement comes after it was reported Saturday that some of the details contained in a salacious, 35-page dossier — that the Trump administration dismissed as "fake news" when they were briefed on it in January — are gaining credibility as factual.
Additionally, it was reported Thursday that Flynn had potentially lied about discussions he had with the Russian ambassador before Trump assumed office. Federal law prohibits private citizens from conducting government business with foreign nations.
Pelosi joins a growing number of Democratic leaders who are calling for an independent investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russia. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday that he would also like to see an independent investigation into Trump's relationship with Russia.