In the aftermath of Michael Flynn’s resignation as the president’s National Security Adviser, many speculated that a House Oversight Committee investigation might follow. However, news is breaking that the House Oversight Committee will not open an investigation.
From The Hill:
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz(R-Utah) said Tuesday that his panel won’t investigate the circumstances that led to Michael Flynn stepping down Monday as President Trump’s national security adviser.
Instead, Chaffetz deferred to the House Intelligence Committee, which is already investigating Russia’s attempt to influence the presidential elections, a scope that includes campaign communications with the Russian government.
“I think that situation has taken care of itself. I know that the Intel committee is looking into the hacking issue,” Chaffetz told reporters.“I think he did the right thing stepping down.” Flynn resigned immediately after a report circulated he misled Vice-President Mike Pence regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador. Although the burden fell on Flynn, many were not satisfied with just a resignation.
Democrats have been calling for an investigation in the wake of Flynn’s resignation to determine whether or not anyone else within Trump’s cabinet poses a national security risk. However, even the House Intelligence Committee said it does not plan on opening an investigation:
Chaffetz said that sensitive intelligence methods fall to the House Intelligence Committee, rather than his House Oversight Committee.
“It really is the purview of the Intel Committee. They really are the only ones that can look at that type of information, particularly when you’re talking about interactions with a nation-state like that. It’s not something the Oversight Committee can actually look at because sources and methods are the exclusive purview of the Intel Committee,” Chaffetz said.
But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) indicated Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to launch a separate investigation of Flynn. Nunes cited executive privilege, according to CNN.
More on this story as it develops.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]