Pelosi Statement on Guilty Plea of Michael Flynn to Special Counsel Indictment

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement after former National Security Advisor and top Trump campaign official Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russians during the presidential transition:

“The guilty plea of President Trump’s former National Security Advisor to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian authorities marks a dark moment in our nation’s history.  Disturbingly, Flynn is the fourth top Trump campaign official to be charged in connection with the Russia investigation so far.

“All Americans should be alarmed by reports of President Trump’s consistent efforts to obstruct the Special Counsel and Congressional investigations.  The American people deserve to know what the President knows about Russian meddling in our election and why he refuses to take action against Russia.

“The U.S. Congress has a duty to uphold justice, and to take measures to ensure that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation proceed without interference from the White House.  Even with the Justice Department and ongoing Congressional investigations, we also need an outside, fully independent investigation to protect our democracy from future foreign interference.  Republicans in Congress must stop shielding the President and join Democrats to take real, immediate action to counter Russian aggression and prevent further attacks on our democracy.”

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