- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is a reflection of the “poor judgment” of President Trump and said the FBI needs to “accelerate” its investigation into possible ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s administration.

“Flynn’s resignation is a reflection of the poor judgment of President Trump and demands answers to the grave questions over the president’s involvement,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in a statement. “By what authority did Flynn act and to whom did he report?”

“The FBI must accelerate its investigation of the Russian connection with the Trump administration, and Congress must call for a bipartisan, independent, outside commission to fully investigate Russia’s influence on the administration and the election,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

Mr. Flynn resigned his post Monday and acknowledged that he “inadvertently” gave incomplete information to Vice President Mike Pence and others about his talks with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. last year before Mr. Trump was sworn into office.

The talks came right around the time the Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russia for interfering in last year’s presidential election. Mr. Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not immediately retaliating after the sanctions were announced.

“The truth and consequences of the Russia connection: The American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia’s financial, personal and political grip on President Trump and what that means for our national security,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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